Food recalls in EU – Week 27-28/2015

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 gluten and egg in cream of potato & spinach soup from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified from United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland and Italy;

– Allergens: traces of almond in hot paprika and chili powder from China, following company’s own check. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Albania, Cyprus and Germany;

– Allergens: undeclared sulphite (17.0 mg/kg – ppm) in sweets from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten, soya, nuts and lactose (ingredients list in Danish, Finnish and Swedish is missing on the label) in icecream from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in tofu basilico from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: rat droppings in breakfast cereals from the United Kingdom, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Norway;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of primary aromatic amines (7.48; 0.005; 0.009 mg/kg – ppm) from plastic kitchenware from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Slovakia;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of aluminium (32.8; 14.7 mg/l) from ceramic balls from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: patulin (147 µg/kg – ppb) in apple juice from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France.

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

– Foreign bodies: rodent (mouse tail) in chocolate and hazelnut muesli from Belgium, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Denmark;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: hazelnut kernels from Sweden infested with mouldsfollowing a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Iceland;

– Non pathogenic micro organisms: chilled diced or shredded chicken and pork products from Poland infested with yeastsfollowing a company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Greenland, Germany and Faeroe Islands;

– Pesticides residues: chlorpyrifos (2.3 mg/kg – ppm) in celery from Laos, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: sulfonamide (865 µg/kg – ppb) unauthorised in honey from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom;

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of almond in sauces from the Netherlands, following a company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Curacao, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Allergens: traces of milk (20 mg/kg – ppm) in marzipan with honey and chocolate from Germany, via Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovenia, distributed also to Croatia, Estonia, France, Poland and Slovakia;

– Composition: high content of aluminium (253 mg/kg – ppm) in glass noodles from Vietnam, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to France;

– Heavy metals: cadmium (0.362 mg/kg – ppm) and mercury (4.45 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Ireland;

– Industrial contaminants: sum of dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls (22 pg WHO TEQ/g) in eggs from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pesticide residues: chlorpyrifos (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen broccoli from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia.

4. Seizures:

In Italy we had seizures of stainless steel knives from China for migration of chromium (18.3 mg/l) and of manganese (1.1 mg/l), of complete feed for aquaculture for presence of ruminant DNA and of chilled swordfish loins (Xiphias gladius) from Spain for presence of mercury (1.9 mg/kg – ppm)following official controls on the market.

We had also a seizure

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for egusi melon seeds from Nigeria and for emu oil capsules and liquid emu oil from the United States, via Canada
  • absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for dried beans from Nigeria
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 103; Tot. = 119 / B1 = 21.4; Tot. = 25.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and in pistachio kernels (Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.6; Tot. = 15.4 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell, in unshelled peanuts (B1 = 5.4; Tot. = 17.9 µg/kg – ppb), in groundnuts kernels (B1 = 12.2; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 95 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 162.6; Tot. = 242.9 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut chips from Nigeria
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.85; Tot. = 11.84 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.1 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28; Tot. = 31 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled pistachios, in pistachios in shell (B1 = 82.8; Tot. = 89 µg/kg – ppb) and in shelled almonds (B1 = 15 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 89.4; Tot. = 93.9 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (45 µg/kg – ppb) in and absence of labelling on mixed spices from Kuwait
  • attempt to illegally import dried beans from Nigeria
  • chlorpyrifos (0.12 mg/kg – ppm), cyhalothrin (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.32 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • endosulfan (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and buprofezin (0.60 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from South Korea
  • FCM: migration of cadmium (0.453 mg/dm²) from ceramic spoons from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (672 mg/kg – ppm) from wine stopper from China, via Hong Kong
  • high counts of coliforms (160000 CFU/g) and of Enterobacteriaceae (170000 CFU/g) in peanut kernels from Turkey
  • fenitrothion (0.05 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • mercury (1.893 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled tuna from Ecuador
  • peanuts in shell from China infested with moulds and with mites
  • poor temperature control (-4.9; -6.7; -5.5 °C) of frozen whole chicken from Ukraine, (+6 <–> 11 °C) of chilled fish from Pakistan, (+8.8; 6.8; 7.4; 6.6; 7.0 °C) of chilled swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and (> -12 °C) of frozen boneless beef meat (Bos taurus) from Chile, of chilled fish from India, (-3.5<–> -10.4 °C) of frozen shimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Malaysia and (-7.6, – 8.2, – 7.8, – 8.5, -10.8, -7.1 °C) of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Sri Lanka
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in paan/betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken, in frozen salted chicken preparation and in frozen salted boneless skinless chicken breasts from Thailand
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine (0.08 %) and unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF (0.005 %) and of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC (0.08 %) in canned preserved vegetables from Mexico
  • unauthorised colour Sudan 4 (0.8 mg/kg – ppm) in palm oil from Ghana

Food recall in EU – Week 5/2015

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 hazelnut and almond in peanut butter from the Netherlands, following a food poisoning. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Sweden;

–  FEED. Composition: too high content of ragweed (Ambrosia spp.) seeds (99 and 82 mg/kg – ppm) in mix for wild birds from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– FEED. Composition: too high content of ragweed (Ambrosia spp.) seeds (200 and 221 mg/kg – ppm) in sunflower seeds from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– FEED. Composition: too high content of ragweed (Ambrosia spp.) seeds (100 mg/kg – ppm) in seed mixture for bird feed from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 6.7; Tot. = 11 µg/kg – ppb) in sesame seeds from Nigeria, via Sweden, following an official control on the market. Notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus (2200 CFU/g) in mini rice cakes vanilla from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in grinded melon seeds from the United Kingdom, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (1500 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

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

Packaging defective: incorrect use of packaging for smoked salmon from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

Risk of chemical contamination of brown beans from Nigeria, following an official control in non-member country. Notified by Ireland;

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared lactoprotein in meat sauce from Italy, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Switzerland;

– Biotoxins: Staphylococcal enterotoxin (9,4 x 10^5 CFU/g) in egg pasta from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in canned mushrooms from China, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Afghanistan, AngolaArgentina, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States and Yemen;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments (11 glass pieces, 1 cm x 1 cm) in broccoli from Poland, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in various cheeses from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Slovenia, Italy and Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen chicken leg from Belgium, following an official control in non-member country. Distributed also to Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enterica (presence /10g) in frozen kangaroo meat preparations from the Netherlands, with raw material from Australia, via Belgium, following an official control in non-member country. Notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen springbok steak from Namibia, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef meat from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands.

4. Seizures:

We have a seizure in Bulgaria of FEED for fish from the Netherlands for presence of ruminant DNA.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.3; Tot. = 16.0 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels and in dried organic figs (B1 = 22.2 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28.6 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts and in pistachio in shell (B1 = 64.2; Tot. = 72.7 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.91; Tot. = 13.82 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanuts and groundnut kernels (B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 5.9 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched runner groundnuts and groundnuts (B1 = 7.8 µg/kg – ppb) from Argentina
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6; Tot. = 7.4 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut butter from the Philippines
  • ochratoxin A (24 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey
  • anthraquinone (0.081 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • carbendazim (0.49 mg/kg – ppm) in artichokes from Egypt
  • chlorpyrifos (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • cinnamon from Indonesia infested with moulds
  • parasitic infestation (Anisakis) of dory (Zeus faber) from Mauritania
  • unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of frozen skipjack (Euthynnus pelamis) from Curaçao
  • flusilazole (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers, white peppers (0.091 mg/kg – ppm) and hot peppers (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) from Egypt
  • methomyl (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) and flusilazole (0.014 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet California yellow and red peppers from Egypt
  • FEED: microbiological contamination of peanuts in shell for bird feed from China
  • FCM: migration of cadmium (2.3 ->7.6 mg/dm²) and of lead (34 -> 105 mg/dm²) from various glasses from Russia
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.8 mg/kg – ppm) from steel knives and of nickel from oven grids (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • pickled onions in brine from Vietnam with defective packaging and infested with moulds and with insects
  • prothiofos (0.16 mg/kg – ppm), omethoate and dimethoate (sum: 0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sour mangoes from Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Nigeria
  • too high content of sulphite (2239 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Basil (Ocimum sanctum), novel food ingredient Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and novel food ingredient camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) in food supplements from Canada
  • unauthorised substance chlorfluazuron (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from Morocco