Food recalls in EU – Week 19/2015

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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (3500 CFU/g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (6000 CFU/g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following food poisoning. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in goat cheese made from raw milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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

– Composition: unauthorised colours Sudan 1 (20 µg/kg – ppb) and Orange II (1400 µg/kg – ppb) in sumac from Iran, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Novel Food: unauthorised novel food organic graviola leaf powder (Annona muricata) from the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak caused by norovirus (2 out of 3 samples) in frozen raspberries from Serbia, following a food poisoning. Notified by Sweden.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of peanut in tahini from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany;

Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 140; Tot. = 160 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 9.1; Tot. = 10.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Romania.

4. Seizures:

In Spain we had a seizure for an unauthorised operator and absence of health mark on fresh fillets and loins of cod. The product was distributed also to Italy.

5. Border rejections:

  • acephate (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh waxberry (Myrica Rubra) from China
  • acetamiprid and imidacloprid and unauthorised substances tolfenpyrad, anthraquinone and isocarbophos in green tea Polyphenols from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 195; Tot. = 215 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios, pistachios in shell (B1 = 796; Tot. = 862 µg/kg – ppb) and pistachio nuts (B1 = 28.1; Tot. = 28.1 / B1 = 26; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • biphenyl (8.56 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (1.235 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers
  • chlorpyrifos (0.112 mg/kg – ppm), pyrimethanil (0.406 mg/kg – ppm), iprodione (0.123 mg/kg – ppm), tebuconazole (0.369 mg/kg – ppm), tetraconazole (0.074 mg/kg – ppm), indoxacarb (0.036 mg/kg – ppm), methoxyfenozide (0.771 mg/kg – ppm), difenoconazole (0.057 mg/kg – ppm), azoxystrobin (0.572 mg/kg – ppm), imidacloprid (0.027 mg/kg – ppm), boscalid (0.157 mg/kg – ppm), kresoxim-methyl (0.032 mg/kg – ppm), chlorantraniliprole (0.043 mg/kg – ppm) and metrafenone (0.369 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance fenbutatin oxide (0.311 mg/kg – ppm) in pickled vine leaves from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of manganese (0.6 mg/kg – ppm) from skimmers from China
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 101; Tot. = 223.8 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts for bird feed and in groundnuts for birdfeed (B1 = 207; Tot. = 306.4 µg/kg – ppb) from the Gambia
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen pork fat dispatched from Russia
  • histamine (605 mg/kg – ppm) in sardines (Sardina pilchardus) from Tunisia
  • incorrect labelling on orange soft drink from the United Arab Emirates
  • missing import declaration for pistachios from Turkey
  • poor temperature control (between -2.9 and -5.5 °C) of frozen cape hake (Merluccius capensis) and deepwater (Merluccius paradoxus) hake from Namibia
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen meat preparations and in frozen salted chicken meat preparations from Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in frozen boneless skinless seasoned chicken inner fillet (Gallus gallus) and in frozen chicken meat preparations from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in paan leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (in 3 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India and from Nicarauga (in 2 out of 5 samples/25g)
  • too high content of copper (120 mg/kg dry matter) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.031 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos in beans from Nigeria

Food recalls in EU – Week 9 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have one recall from consumers in EU in the alert notification:

Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons  in olive pomace oil, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Greece, distributed also to Germany;

We have also two recalls, following information for follow-up notification:

Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Sweden), notification from Finland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Sweden), notification from Finland.

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

– Allergens: undeclared egg in chicken fillets, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised colours Sudan 1 and Sudan 4 in red chilli peppers, following an official control on the market. Origin unknown, notification from France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in rice, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notification from Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen mako shark, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in dried figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Germany, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in frozen salted chicken breast fillet, following company’s own check. Origin Thailand, notification from Denmark, distributed also to Sweden;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in hulled sesame seed from India, aflatoxins in pistachio from Iran, in pistachio kernels from United States (via Turkey), in raw pistachios from Syria (dispatched from Turkey), in nutmeg from Indonesia (via China), in shelled almonds from the United States and in dried figs from Turkey, high content of aluminium in quick cooking noodles from China, profenofos in fresh centella from Sri Lanka, chlorpyriphos and profenofos in spearmint leaves from Egypt, diazinon in red kidney beans from Ethiopia, fipronil in yardlong beans from Thailand, clofentezine in pepper from Turkey, dimethoate and fipronil in green tea from Hong Kong.

For feed, we have an alert for poisonous dry dog food (suspected to having caused severe diarrhoea with weight loss), following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notification from France. Border rejections for Salmonella spp. in dry dog food and pet food from China.

For food contact materials we have an information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers of  plastic plates from China for colour migrationafter a consumer complaint. Notification from Greece, distributed also to Cyprus.

We have also an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market of ceramic plates for migration of aluminiumfollowing an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notification from France. Border rejections for migration of nickel from steel toaster tongs and from deep fryer from China, chromium in steel knives from Hong Kong.

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