Food recalls in EU – Week 3/2015

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:

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in dip-sauce from Germany, following consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also in Austria, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia and Spain;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in frozen dino-shaped chicken nuggets from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany;

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces (2 spiral, sharp-edged pieces) in ham sausage from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania and Spain;

– Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in limes from Brazil, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Netherlands.

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

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (65 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (330 µg/kg – ppb) in cocoa from the Netherlands, dispatched from Bosnia and Herzegovina, following a border control. Notified by Slovenia.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (presence /25g) in chilled chicken fillets from Belgium, with raw material from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Allergens: undeclared soya (>100 mg/kg – ppm) in candies from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • FCM:too high level of overall migration (55 mg/dm²) from vegetables cutting items from China
  • FCM: migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) (420 mg/kg – ppm) from lids of jars containing chili paste from Thailand
  •  aflatoxins (B1 = 21; Tot. = 25.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut kernels from China
  • unauthorised substances trichlorphon (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) in dried sweet beans from Nigeria
  • too high content of vitamin B6 (50 mg/item) in food supplement from the United States
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 104 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts for birdfeed from Brazil
  • oxamyl (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) and lambda-cyhalothrin (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in mix chillies from Egypt
  • malathion (0.044 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.28 mg/kg – ppm) and propamocarb (2 mg/kg – ppm) in artichoke (Cynara scolimus) from Tunisia
  • carbendazim (0.89 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.84; Tot. = 23.12 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg from Turkey
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised placing on the market of food supplements containing Stephania or Chelidonium majus from Vietnam and Ukraine
  • Salmonella Senftenberg (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • chlorpyrifos (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) in mint from Morocco
  • too high content of sulphite (3305 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen chicken meat preparation from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.3 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.7; Tot. = 12.2 µg/kg – ppb) in red chilli from Pakistan
  • unauthorised substances monocrotophos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) and profenofos (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) in okra from India
  • carbaryl (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 12 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted salted pistachios from Turkey
  • too high content of sulphite (2690 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • undeclared sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey
  • prohibited substance chloramphenicol (0.38 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Vietnam
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (presence) in frozen beef (Bos taurus) from Brazil
  • Salmonella Mbandaka (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • missing import declaration for dates, figs, walnuts and nuts mix from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance dinotefuran (0.025 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled strawberries from Egypt
  • flusilazole (0.054 mg/kg – ppm) in white peppers from Egypt
  • acetamiprid (0.057 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 3 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have two recalls from consumers in EU, following an alert notification. Italy is not doing well this week…

– Foreign bodies: rat droppings in dates, following a consumer complaint. Origin unknown, packaged in Italy, notification from Denmark. Distributed also to Norway and Sweden;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in biscuits, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notification from Slovenia.

Between the  information for follow-up, we have another recall:

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance chloramphenicol in papaine enzyme formulations, following company’s own check. Origin raw materials Democratic Republic of Congo, notification from United Kingdom, distributed also to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus in aromatic herbs mix, following a food poisoning. Origin Germany, notification from France;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A in garlic powder, following an official control on the market. Origin India, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Poland, France and Hungary;

– Composition: high content of morphine in poppy seeds, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notification from Czech Republic, distributed also to Slovakia and Poland;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in spices mix, following an official control on the market. Origin of the raw materials unknown, packaged and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

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

Heavy metals: mercury in swordfish loins, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy;

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: unauthorised substance leucomalachite green in frozen Climbing perch, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notification from Germany (via Netherlands).

In Belgium we have also a seizure of chilled chicken fillets for a suspect of fraud related to indication of origin. Origin Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen marinated chicken and in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil, Salmonella group C1 in frozen salted chickenbreast fillets from Thailand and Salmonella spp. in frozen clams from Vietnam. Aflatoxins in unshelled pistachios, pistachio bars, hazelnut kernels and in roasted mixed nuts from Turkey, in pistachio nuts from the United Sates, in raw peanuts without shell and blanched peanuts from Brazil, in almonds from Australia and in blanched peanut kernels from China. Thawing of and unsuitable means of transport for bulk frozen sepia from India, chloramphenicol in frozen red swamp crayfish from China, poor temperature control of frozen tuna loins from the Philippines and of frozen hake from Argentina, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilles mackerels from Morocco. Unauthorised irradiation of ginkgo biloba extract from China, imidacloprid and unauthorised substance diafenthiuron in chinese green tea from Hong Kong, profenofos and tebuconazole in centella from Sri Lanka, Salmonella spp., profenofos and triazophos in curry leaves from India, parathion-methyl in chickpeas from India, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, monocrotophos in okra from India, unauthorised substance carbofuran in aubergines from the Dominican Republic and unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oloyin beans from Nigeria.

For feed we have border rejections for Salmonella spp. in dog chew from India, aflatoxins in groundnut kernels for birdfeed from Sudan, too high count of Enterobacteriaceae in fish meal from Chile, Salmonella Braenderup in roasted guar meal from India.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification, followed by a recall from consumers, for migration of cadmium and lead (heavy metals) from glasses. Origin China (via Netherlands), notification from Poland.

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