Food recalls in EU – Week 36/2015

After a summer break our weekly report is coming back. In the week 32-35 we had a couple of interesting and/or widespread alerts, followed by recalls from consumers, namely:

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in coriander cumin powder from India, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Poland;

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in curry paste from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland; (spices once again!)

– Allergens: too high content of gluten (80 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten-free barleygrass powder from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

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

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

Foreign bodies: glass fragments in jar containing pickled capers from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in branflakes from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in chilled sandwich with ham and butter from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella (presence /25g) in chilled sausages from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 565; Tot. = 613.6 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Lebanon, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in chilled marinated grill ribs from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Italy.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (7.8 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (calculated: 59.8 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seed oil from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (in 1 out of 12/25g) in chilled chicken breast fillets from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for dried fig jam from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.27; Tot. = 28.47 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (85.25 µg/kg – ppb) in berbere spice mix from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chilli from India, via the United Arab Emirates
  • altered organoleptic characteristics of frozen boneless beef manufactured in Namibia, with raw material from South Africa
  • damaged packaging of canned skipjack tuna fillets (Katsuwonus [Euthynnus] pelamis) from Cape Verde
  • dimethoate (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in pea pods from Kenya
  • dithiocarbamates (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance 3-hydroxycarbofuran (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • high content of lead (0.171 mg/kg – ppm) in mushrooms in brine from Vietnam and (4.68 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India
  • mercury (1.19 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from South Korea
  • mercury (1.83; 0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplements from India
  • myclobutanil (0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (clear signs of defrosting) of frozen croaker, cuttlefish and squid from India and poor temperature control of frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Ecuador
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (6.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried casings from China
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leves from India
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 5 out of 5 samples) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • unauthorised operator for chicken meat preparation (Gallus domesticus) from Saudi Arabia
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in dagon fruit from Vietnam
  • unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (18.8; 32.7 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from China
  • Vibrio (presence /25g) in frozen shrimps from Vietnam

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.