Food recalls in EU – Week 13/2015

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: undeclared celery in chicken and herb pie from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Allergens: undeclared almond in paprika from Spain, via Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Finland, Namibia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden;

– Composition: high content of iodine (33 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from China, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak (Staphylococcal enterotoxin) suspected to be caused by raw milk cheese from France, following food poisoning. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany and Spain;

– Re-crystallised creatine in, suffocation risk and risk of mouth injury as a result of the consumption of chocolate and strawberry flavoured cyclone milk from Austria, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Food additives and flavorings: too high content of E 210 – benzoic acid (6000 mg/kg – ppm) in salted radish from Thailand, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 61.1; Tot. = 78.5 / B1 = 83.7; Tot. = 107.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China, via Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– Poor or insufficient controls: unauthorised operator for frozen chicken cuts from Poland, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Denmark and Netherlands.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for polyamide kitchenware from China
  • absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for fig and hazelnut snacks from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.8; Tot. = 24.4 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 25.2; Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran and in pistachios in shell (B1 = 170.7; Tot. = 186.6 µg/kg – ppb), via Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 40.5; Tot. = 74.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 50.5; Tot. = 64.4 / B1 = 70.2; Tot. = 90.5 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from the Gambia
  • attempt to illegally import, absence of health certificate(s), absence of labelling on and of certified analytical report for roasted groundnuts from Ghana
  • biphenyl (0.461 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • clofentezine (0.072 mg/kg – ppm) in courgettes from Turkey
  • cyproconazole (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in ginger from Nicaragua
  • ethephon (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in red grapes from Peru
  • formetanate (0.887 mg/kg – ppm) in gherkins from Turkey
  • lead (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen raspberries from Ukraine
  • FCM: migration of chromium (1.7 mg/kg – ppm) from set of knives and from barbecue sets (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: peeler from China unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201)
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g), Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio Vulnificus in frozen shrimps (Penaeus monodon) from Vietnam
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted turkey from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan leaves from India
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in soy cakes from Ukraine
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Epimedium in gingseng tonic from South Korea
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India and in oranges (0.514 mg/kg – ppm) from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 11/2015

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: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (<1.0103 CFU/g) in soft cheese from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter in spring onions from Egypt, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of peanut (1.71 mg/kg – ppm) in pili pili powder from China, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2.34 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (29 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seeds from China, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (183 µg/kg – ppb in dried figs from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen minced meat from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in cheese made with raw cow’s milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Spain.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 12 µg/kg – ppb) in pecan nuts from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11; Tot. = 60 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and peanuts in shell (B1 = 3.4; Tot. = 8.4 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 29; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels, with raw material from Afghanistan, and in dried figs (B1 = 6.5; Tot. = 7 / B1 = 10.8; Tot. = 13 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6.8; Tot. = 8.1 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and red chili (B1=18.1 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 67 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, dispatched from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 129 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from Afghanistan, dispatched from Turkey
  • ochratoxin A (24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Uzbekistan
  • azoxystrobin (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) in red peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • chlorpyrifos (1.067 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • dead insects and excrements of insects (20.6; 21.1 %) in dried dates from Turkey
  • ethephon (3.9 mg/kg – ppm) in grapes from Peru
  • formetanate (0.172 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers, sweet peppers (1939 mg/kg – ppm) and cucumbers (2.204 mg/kg – ppm) from Turkey
  • metalaxyl (0.169 mg/kg – ppm) and fenamiphos (0.328 mg/kg – ppm) in courgettes from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for meat grinder from China
  • FCM: migration of formaldehyde (up to 259 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine set (glasses, plates cutlery) from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (1.1 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine kitchen utensils from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (aniline: 0.029; 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane: 0.0681 mg/kg – ppm) from nylon tableware from China
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (518 mg/kg – ppm) from chrome winebottle set from China
  • norovirus (group I detected /25g) in frozen white clams from Vietnam
  • oxydemeton-methyl (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh beans from Kenya
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds and Salmonella Mbandaka (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India
  • undeclared colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (15 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine (76 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen seaweed salad from China
  • unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of chilled lamb leg from New Zealand