Food recalls in EU – Week 24/2015

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

– Allergens: traces of gluten (presence) in variety of chocolate flavoured brownie cake bars from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in milk chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.55 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish fillets (Xiphias gladius) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (6738.8; 10500 µg/kg – ppb) in corn meal from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in food for enteral use for children from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter jejuni (11 positive samples: 800, 100,400, 200, 300, 3100, 9200, 400, 700, 600, 300 CFU/g) in fresh chicken from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: unauthorised substances progesterone (2.56 mg/kg – ppm) and androstenedione (3.02 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: high content of iodine (2423 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from Japan, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (2.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH4 sum: 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled bacon from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey, packaged in Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

In Italy, following an official control on the market, we had a seizure for E 450 – diphosphate (2.37 g/kg) unauthorised in chilled vacuum packed yellow fin tuna from Spain.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 13.1 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts, in blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.0 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.6; Tot. = 14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.1; Tot. = 18.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled bitter almonds from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22.7; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 25 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnut from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) (1240 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in popcorn (2308 µg/kg – ppb) from Serbia
  • dried vegetables from China infested with moulds and with insects
  • fenamiphos (0.096 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • poor hygienic state of red peppers from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control (> 12.2 °C) of chilled seabass (Dicentrarchus spp) and chilled tuna (Thunnus spp) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Stanley and acephate (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen okra from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, of colour E 122 – azorubine, of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC and of colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (combined level of dyes > 300 mg/kg – ppm) in marshmallows from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in food supplement from the United States

(Source: EU RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 6 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we don’t have any recall from consumers in EU in the alert notification. We have one information for attention notification, followed by recall:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked sprats, following conmpany’s own check. Origin and notificatio from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product:

– Composition: high content of iodine in baby food, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia and Turkey;

– Composition: high content of iodine in baby formula, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notification from Germany;

– Composition: high content of iodine in dried seaweed, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria;

 Composition: unauthorised colour Sudan 4 in red chilli peppers, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands/Lebanon, notification from France;

– Composition: high content of iodine in dried seaweed, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea/Netherlands, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Composition: high content of iodine in dried seaweed, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in frozen cooked clams, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notification from Spain, distributed also to Cuba, Gibraltar, Italy and Portugal;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Enteritidis in chilled chicken drumsticks, wings and legs, following an official control on the market. Origin  Poland, notification from Italy;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin South Africa, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Finland, Germany and Denmark;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in buckwheat bread, following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Switzerland;

Heavy metals: cadmium in organic cocoa, following an official control on the market. Origin Ecuador (raw material), Germany (processed). Notification from Germany, distributed also to Italy and Austria;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish steaks, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam (via Netherlands), notification from Germany.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Schwarzengrund in skinless boneless spiced turkey breasts from Brazil, Salmonella in laurel leaves powder from Turkey, norovirus in live clams from Tunisia, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled eels and mackerel from Morocco, poor temperature control of frozen white grouper from Mauritania, aflatoxins in groundnut from United States and in dried figs from Turkey. Absence of health certificate(s) for spicy blend of chickpeas flour noodles, groundnuts and rice flakes from India and  for powdered groundnut dessert from China, via Hong Kong. Unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in cocktail nuts and in mixed crackers from Singapore, E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in lemon soda and soft drinks from the United States, unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in pickled radish from China, unauthorised substance prometryn in roasted seaweed and chlorfluazuron in tea from China, unauthorised irradiation of freeze-dried organic goji powder from the United States, unauthorised substances chromium amino acid chelate and potassium aspartate in food supplement from the United States and anthraquinone and unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in herbal food supplement from the United States. Lamb shank from Australia contaminated with faeces. Chlorpyriphos-ethyl in mint from Morocco, fipronil in red chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic, propargite and oxamyl in strawberries from Egypt, tolfenpyrad in green tea from China and carbendazim in basmati rice from India. High content of aluminium in dried noodles from China and suffocation risk as a result of the consumption of and E 407 – carrageenan unauthorised in mini cup jelly from Singapore.

For feed, in Denmark we have a seizure of linseed for too high content of cyanide in linseed. Origin Germany. Border rejection for Salmonella spp. in pet food from Mauritius and aflatoxins in groundnut kernels from Sudan.

For food contact materials we have a recall from consumers, following an information for attention notification:

Migration: migration of formaldheyde in salad bowls, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notification from Italy.

Moreover, we find border rejections for:

– steel water boiler kettle from China unfit for use as food contact material (steel AISI 201);

– migration of chromium from stainless steel jars with lids and from pizza cutters and migration of manganese and too high level of overall migration from blade of mixer from China;

– migration of nickel from beaters from Hong Kong.

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