Food recalls in EU – Week 16 – 2014

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in pepper corns in glass pepper mill, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, France, Hungary and Romania;

– Allergens: undeclared cashew nut in chocolate hazelnut mix, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

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

– Composition: unauthorised substance androstenedione and progesterone in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Czech Republic), notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Spain;

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen shark cutlets, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Slovenia;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Switzerland;

– Pesticide residues: methomyl in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Peru (via Netherlands), notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pesticide residues: fenitrothion in oranges, following company’s own check. Origin Egypt, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria and France;

– Poor or insufficient controls: unpurified area B mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Italy, Monaco and Switzerland.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Peru, bacterial contamination of canned skipjack tuna from Thailand, aflatoxins in pistachio kernels from Iran, blanched groundnut kernels from Brazil and in chilli peppers from India, ochratoxin A in nutmeg from India, attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in fresh dried beans from Nigeria, unauthorised substance sildenafil in instant coffee from China, unauthorised novel food turkey tail mushroom (Coriolus versicolor) to be used in food supplement from the United States, profenofos, quinalphos and tebuconazole in pennywort (Centella) from Sri Lanka, carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey, fosthiazate in fresh mint from Morocco, methamidophos, acephate and hexaconazole in chilli from India, malathion in fresh oranges from Egypt, dimethoate in fresh peas from Kenya and amitraz in dried goji bery from China.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification followed by a withdrawal from the market for:

– Migration: phthalate di(2-propylheptylphtalate (DPHP) unauthorised from tube drinking glasses, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 51

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have four recalls from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to France, Germany and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to France;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in salmon salad, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France and Luxembourg;

Pesticide residues: carbendazim in white yams, following a company’s own check. Origin Ghana (via Italy), notification from France.

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

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in Guinea hen with duck liver from France, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Spain;

Biotoxins: Azaspiracid Shellfish Poisoning (AZP) toxins in cooked mussels in white wine sauce, following a food poisoning. Origin Netherlands and Denmark, notification from Switzerland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chilled poultry meat, following a company’s own check. Origin Czech Republic and Poland, notification from Poland, distributed also to Bulgaria;

Allergens: traces of egg in tripe sauce, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to Germany;

Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in ready to eat infant food, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Netherlands.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Agona in in frozen poultry meat preparation, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen spiced turkey breasts, Salmonella in frozen spiced turkey medallions and residue levels above MRL for tetracycline and for doxycycline in frozen salted chicken breasts from Brazil, Salmonella in frozen clams from Vietnam and in paan leaves from India, aflatoxins in pistachio in shell from Turkey, in runner groundnut kernels from Brazil, in Jamaican ground pepper from Mauritius and in crushed chilli from India, unauthorised novel food ingredient coriolus versicolor in mushroom blend powder from the United States, mercury in frozen swordfish from South Korea, spoilage and damaged packaging of canned clams from Chile, unauthorised import of fish meal from China, improper health certificate for sunflower oil from Ukraine, for okra from India and for mix of pepper rice and chilli from China, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India, poor temperature control of frozen deep-sea crabs from Brazil, presence of desiccative bag in direct contact with food supplement from the United States, migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lids of glass jars containing green and red curry pastes from Thailand, absence of certified analytical report for almond and almond chocolate butter from the United States, dead insects and excrements of insects in green bell pepper (powder) from China, unauthorised placing on the market (presence of milk powder) of tea from China, parathion-methyl in dried chick peas from India and malathion in dried beans from Egypt.

For food contact material we have a notification of information for follow-up and one of information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers, for:

 too high level of overall migration from pVC wrap film from Switzerland, via Turkey, notification from Greece, following an official control on the market;

– migration of primary aromatic amines from plastic kitchen utensil from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia.

For feed we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a recall from consumers;

– Salmonella Newport, paratyphi b and  typhimurium in frozen cat food from the Netherlands. Notification from Belgium.