Food recalls in EU – Week 47/2015

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:

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for sesame sauce from China
  • acetamiprid (0.682 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.5; Tot. = 17.2 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, in dried fig cubes (B1 = 9.7; Tot. = 21.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in dried figs with rice flour (B1 = 18.49; Tot. = 19.2 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 12.9; Tot. = 14.6 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachios in shell from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.9; Tot. = 16.1 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.44 / B1 = 3.46 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts blanched from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and in granulated dried chili (B1 = 69; Tot. = 77 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • attempt to illegally import frozen hake (Merluccius merluccius) from Senegal
  • benzo(a)pyrene (3.73 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (14.35 µg/kg – ppb) in refined bleached deodorized palm olein from Malaysia
  • chlorpyrifos (0.42 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance phenthoate (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine (whole black picual olives) from Egypt
  • E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in carbonated drink from Kuwait
  • ethion (0.17 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Iran
  • FEED: Salmonella (presence in 4 of 13 samples /25g) in fish meal from Mauritania
  • fosthiazate (0.063 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Belize
  • mercury (0.84 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) from Tunisia
  • Salmonella (detected /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (O142:H38 /25g) in frozen boneless beef (bos taurus) from Brazil
  • tau-fluvalinate (0.027 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • too high content of vitamin D (2500% of NRVs), of vitamin B12 (40000% of NRVs) and of vitamin E (2225% NRVs) and unauthorised novel food ingredient leaves of Annona muricata and novel food ingredient raspberry ketone in food supplements from the United States
  • unauthorised substance dithiocarbamates (0.093 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU – Week 36/2015

After a summer break our weekly report is coming back. In the week 32-35 we had a couple of interesting and/or widespread alerts, followed by recalls from consumers, namely:

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in coriander cumin powder from India, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Poland;

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in curry paste from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland; (spices once again!)

– Allergens: too high content of gluten (80 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten-free barleygrass powder from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

Foreign bodies: glass fragments in jar containing pickled capers from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in branflakes from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in chilled sandwich with ham and butter from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella (presence /25g) in chilled sausages from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 565; Tot. = 613.6 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Lebanon, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in chilled marinated grill ribs from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Italy.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (7.8 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (calculated: 59.8 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seed oil from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (in 1 out of 12/25g) in chilled chicken breast fillets from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for dried fig jam from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.27; Tot. = 28.47 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (85.25 µg/kg – ppb) in berbere spice mix from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chilli from India, via the United Arab Emirates
  • altered organoleptic characteristics of frozen boneless beef manufactured in Namibia, with raw material from South Africa
  • damaged packaging of canned skipjack tuna fillets (Katsuwonus [Euthynnus] pelamis) from Cape Verde
  • dimethoate (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in pea pods from Kenya
  • dithiocarbamates (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance 3-hydroxycarbofuran (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • high content of lead (0.171 mg/kg – ppm) in mushrooms in brine from Vietnam and (4.68 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India
  • mercury (1.19 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from South Korea
  • mercury (1.83; 0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplements from India
  • myclobutanil (0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (clear signs of defrosting) of frozen croaker, cuttlefish and squid from India and poor temperature control of frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Ecuador
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (6.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried casings from China
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leves from India
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 5 out of 5 samples) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • unauthorised operator for chicken meat preparation (Gallus domesticus) from Saudi Arabia
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in dagon fruit from Vietnam
  • unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (18.8; 32.7 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from China
  • Vibrio (presence /25g) in frozen shrimps from Vietnam