Food recalls in EU – Week 40/2015

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:

  • Foreign bodies: rubber seal in chocolate from the United Kingdom, manufactured in Switzerland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Iceland

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) and absence of certified analytical report for shelled hazelnuts from Turkey
  • absence of health certificate(s) for groundnuts from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 11.8 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels and (Tot. = 13.35 µg/kg – ppb) in diced roasted hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts for birdfeeding from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 50; Tot. = 70 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and (B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 9.2 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from China
  • chlorpyrifos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • diphenylamine (0.24 mg/kg – ppm) in pears from Argentina
  • excessive humidity of black pepper seeds (Piper nigrum) from Brazil infested with moulds
  • excessive humidity of pepper from India infested with moulds
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): inner coating peeling off from carbon steel cookware set from China
  • FCM (FoodContact Materials): too high level of overall migration (308 mg/kg – ppm) from nitrile gloves from Malaysia
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials):migration of chromium (12.79; 9.48; 7.16 mg/kg – ppm) from vegetable slicer from Japan
  • malathion (1.1 mg/kg – ppm) in dried parsley from Egypt, via Turkey
  • mercury (0.17 mg/kg – ppm) in sugar beet pulp pellets from Russia
  • myclobutanil (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Derby (presence /25g) and Salmonella Lexington (presence /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • shelled almonds from the United States infested with larvae of insects
  • spoilage of and unsuitable transport conditions for dried ginger from India
  • unauthorised and undeclared E 954 – saccharin in juice drink from Russia

Food recalls in EU – Week 42

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can’t find any recall from consumers in EU, between the notifications.
Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

Mycotoxins: fumonisins in yellow maize flour, following an official control in a non member country. Notification from Switzerland. Origin France (via Italy);

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in dry sausages, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

–  Pathogenic micro-organism: Salmonella in raw milk sheep cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates;

Allergens: undeclared soya in chicken pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

Allergens: undeclared soya in canned duck and wine pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in frozen calamars, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notification from Belgium.

Between the information for follow-up, we find a seizure for unauthorised irradiation:

Unauthorised irradiation: radiation in canned crayfish in brine, following an official control on the market. Origin China/Denmark (via Austria), notification from Italy.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, absence of health certificates for seaweed rice crackers from China, aflatoxins in groundnuts from India, ochratoxin A in dried figs from Turkey, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in fresh vacuum packed boneless beef from Argentina and in frozen boneless beef and chilled beef from Brazil, high count of Enterobacteriaceae in dried parsley from Egypt, fenitrothion in dried beans from Argentina, formetanate and methomyl in fresh peppers from Turkey, too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in custard powder mango flavour from Pakistan, pentachlorophenol in guar gum from India, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled silver scabbardfish from Morocco, histamine in frozen skipjack tuna loins from Vietnam and cadmium in frozen cuttlefish from Yemen .

About food contact materials, we have an alert for migration of lead in ceramic cups with handle from Poland.