Food recalls in EU – Week 44/2015

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:

  • absence of health mark on frozen Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma) from China
  • acetamiprid (0.768 meq/kg) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.1; Tot. = 14.1 µg/kg – ppb) in in-shell pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.5; Tot. = 31.7 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, organic dried figs (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 42.5 µg/kg – ppb) and hazelnut kernels (B1 = 5.45; Tot. = 25.72 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 30.7; Tot. = 34.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and pistachio nuts (B1 = 44.9; Tot. = 50 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell and groundnut kernels (B1 = 88; Tot. = 105 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 5; Tot. = 20.2 / B1 = 14.1; Tot. = 43.1 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from steel kitchen items, of formaldehyde (307.2; 387.6; mg/kg – ppm) from melamine cutting board and of manganese (1.0 mg/kg – ppm) from hand blender from China
  • FEED: Salmonella Agona (presence), Salmonella Rissen (presence) and Salmonella Tennessee (presence) in processed animal protein from Mexico
  • FEED: Salmonella group C (presence /25g) in steamdried fishmeal (Engraulis encrasicolus) from South Africa
  • fraudulent Common Entry Document (CED) for roasted diced hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for cooked salted duck eggs, marinated eggs and preserved duck eggs from China
  • insufficient labelling (country of origin is missing) of frozen Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma) from China
  • ochratoxin A (32,55 +/- 9,44 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • robusta coffe from Cameroon infested with moulds (21,7 %)
  • spoilage (bad smell) and poor hygienic state of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • too high content of sulphite (2192 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey and (3008 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Chile
  • unauthorised genetically modified (CRYI) rice stick from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Hovenia dulcis in mixed fruits drink from South Korea
  • unauthorised substance trichlorfon (3.9 mg/kg – ppm) in white beans from Nigeria.

Food recalls in EU – Week 24/2015

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: traces of gluten (presence) in variety of chocolate flavoured brownie cake bars from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in milk chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.55 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish fillets (Xiphias gladius) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (6738.8; 10500 µg/kg – ppb) in corn meal from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in food for enteral use for children from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter jejuni (11 positive samples: 800, 100,400, 200, 300, 3100, 9200, 400, 700, 600, 300 CFU/g) in fresh chicken from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: unauthorised substances progesterone (2.56 mg/kg – ppm) and androstenedione (3.02 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: high content of iodine (2423 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from Japan, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (2.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH4 sum: 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled bacon from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey, packaged in Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

In Italy, following an official control on the market, we had a seizure for E 450 – diphosphate (2.37 g/kg) unauthorised in chilled vacuum packed yellow fin tuna from Spain.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 13.1 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts, in blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.0 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.6; Tot. = 14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.1; Tot. = 18.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled bitter almonds from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22.7; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 25 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnut from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) (1240 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in popcorn (2308 µg/kg – ppb) from Serbia
  • dried vegetables from China infested with moulds and with insects
  • fenamiphos (0.096 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • poor hygienic state of red peppers from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control (> 12.2 °C) of chilled seabass (Dicentrarchus spp) and chilled tuna (Thunnus spp) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Stanley and acephate (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen okra from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, of colour E 122 – azorubine, of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC and of colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (combined level of dyes > 300 mg/kg – ppm) in marshmallows from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in food supplement from the United States

(Source: EU RASFF Portal)