UK – Man arrested in DNP illegal selling operation

The man from West London is suspected of supplying this highly toxic chemical which has been misused as a fat burning supplement and has been the cause of a number of recent deaths.

This morning, Ealing and Harrow Borough Councils, accompanied by the FSA’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) have conducted searches on two properties in Ealing and Harrow alongside the Metropolitan Police.

A significant amount of a substance believed to be DNP was found at the premises.

The NFCU launched an operation in April 2015 following the death of 21-year old Eloise Parry after she had bought DNP online. As a result, several websites were identified by the NFCU as selling DNP as a slimming aid and were subsequently closed down.

Andy Morling, Head of Food Crime at the Food Standards Agency, said: ‘It is illegal to sell DNP for human consumption as it is a dangerous industrial chemical. Last year, DNP was responsible for five deaths. I would like to thank all those involved in this operation that aimed to tackle the online sale of DNP. It is our close working partnership with local authorities, law enforcement agencies and internet companies in the UK and abroad that has enabled us to close these websites and work to disrupt possible supply chains.’

‘The FSA and its partners would like to use this as an opportunity to once again highlight the dangers of DNP. It is an industrial chemical and is not made to be consumed as a diet supplement. Please do not be persuaded by the claims being made, those selling DNP do not care about your wellbeing.’

DNP has legitimate uses in areas such as biochemical research and in manufacturing chemicals. For this reason, DNP is not illegal for sale but it is illegal where sold for human consumption.

(Source: FSA website)

Food recalls in EU – Week 21/2015

14-AllergensThis 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 soya (presence) and wheat (presence) in and incorrect labelling on roasted and salted almonds from Greece, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Faeroe Islands;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in frozen grilled vegetables in marinade from Belgium, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Finland, distributed also to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Defective packaging: risk of breakage of bottles containing wine from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Bermuda;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Defective packaging: risk of breakage of bottles containing panaché from France, following company’s own check. Notified from Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (110 CFU/g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Spain and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (1300 CFU/g) in cow’s milk cheese from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom.

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

– Allergens: traces of egg in soup from Poland, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Non-pathogenic micro-organisms: hazelnut kernels from Sweden infested with moulds, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Saint Paul in chilled turkey breast fillet from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared soya (5.8 mg/kg – ppm) in liver pate from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (3.1 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine dinner plate from unknown origin, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Industrial contaminants: 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) (11 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from the United States, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter (presence/25g) in chicken liver parfait from Ireland, following a food poisoning. Notified by United Kingdom;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in pasteurized cheese from Italy, following company’s own check. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Munchen (presence/25g) in smoked paprika powder from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France, Ireland and United Arab Emirates;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence/25g) in frozen chicken livers and skins from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (O26 – VTEC eaeA and VTEC vtx1./25g) in smoked sausage from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Latvia, distributed also to Estonia.

4. Seizures:

– In Switzerland, following a border control, we had a seizure of basil from Laos for pesticide residues: carbosulfan (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbofuran (1.4 mg/kg – ppm) and a seizure of kale from Vietnam for composition and pesticide residues: too high content of nitrate (4700 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (1.12 mg/kg – ppm), chlorfenapyr (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfluazuron (0.06 mg/kg – ppm).

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) and of certified analytical report for peanut candies from India;
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.3; Tot. = 11.4 / B1 = 9.9; Tot. = 11 µg/kg – ppb) in whole and ground egusi seeds from Ghana
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 17.1; Tot. = 21.5 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts with shell from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 35 / B1 = 55; Tot. = 64 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from India
  • aflatoxins (B1: 20, Sum 20 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 17.5 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 33.8 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachios from the United States
  • attempt to illegally import dried beans and dried meat and fish products from Nigeria
  • biphenyl (3.44 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and diazinon (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in black olives in brine from Egypt and (0.2 mg/100ml and 0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in whole natural black olives from Eritrea, via Egypt
  • clofentezine (0.17 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers (Capsicum annuum) from Turkey
  • formetanate (0.32 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • improper health certificate(s) for peanuts from Ghana
  • malathion (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in myrica rubra from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of manganese (2.1 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel ladle from India
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): acrylic plates from India unfit for use as food contact material
  • poor temperature control (>-7 °C) of fresh frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei ) from Venezuela and of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from India
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (3.5 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen raw shrimps from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen turkey meat preparations and in frozen spiced turkey breasts from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken breasts from Thailand