Food recalls in EU – Week 42/2015

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:

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 2.1; Tot. = 10.7 µg/kg – ppb) in barley from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.7; Tot. = 9.5 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut crackers from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 5.6; Tot. = 19.3) in roasted diced hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • fenamiphos (0.126 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • metalaxyl (0.33 mg/kg – ppm) in black pepper seeds from Vietnam
  • FEED: Salmonella (presence /25g) in dog chew from Brazil
  • FEED: Salmonella (presence /25g) in poultry meal from Turkey
  • FEED: Salmonella Lexington and Derby (presence /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (8.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (45 mg/dm²) from stainless steel kitchen knives from China
  • poor temperature control (between 5.6 and 7.8 °C) of various chilled fish from India
  • pyridaben (0.014 mg/kg – ppm) and cyhalothrin (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) in black tea from China, via the United Arab Emirates
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella enterica in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella Orion (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • spoilage and poor hygienic state of chilled pineapples from Colombia
  • suffocation risk as a result of the consumption of and E 425 – konjac unauthorised in 3 colour water jelly from Taiwan
  • too high content of sulphite (788 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet apricot kernels (Prunus armeniaca L.) from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance dithiocarbamates (0.40 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 7 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have one recall from consumers in EU in the alert notification:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw milk cheese coated with grape marc, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to United Kingdom.

We have also one information for follow-up notification, followed by a recall:

– Composition: carbon monoxide treatment in chilled tuna, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

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

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notification from Hungary;

– Industrial contaminants: hydrogen peroxide in vanilla chocolate pudding, following food poisoning. Origin Germany, notification from Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Estonia, notification from Hungary;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef shoulder, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Enteritidis in frozen raw chicken meat, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notification from France;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to France, Germany, Norway and Sweden;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance 17-alpha-boldenone in bull, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, animal slaughtered and notification from France, distributed also to Greece;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella typhimurium in chicken breast from Thailand, Salmonella spp. in frozen meat preparations from Brazil and in seasoning mix from India. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen bovine meat from Brazil. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen prawns from Greenland, histamine in frozen sardines from Morocco. Excrements of insects and live insects in instant noodles and in basmati rice from India. Absence of health certificate(s) for nuts mix from India. Unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in protein bar from the United States and E 216 – propyl p-hydroxybenzoate unauthorised in food supplement from Brazil. Unlabelled irradiation of dog chew from China. E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in soft drinks from the United States. Acetamiprid in pepper from the Dominican Republic and in tea from Morocco, acetamiprid and fipronil in green jasmine tea from Morocco, oxamyl in strawberries, dimethoate in fresh oranges and carbendazim in fresh artichokes from Egypt, chlorpyriphos-ethyl in mint from Morocco, procymidone, clofentezine and formentanate in sweet peppers from Turkey, prochloraz in chili peppers from Thailand.

For feed, we have an alert for mycotoxins (aflatoxins) in organic soybeans from Kazakhstan. Notification from Denmark.

For food contact materials we don’t have any notification this week.

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