Food recalls in EU – Week 35/2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have two recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notifications:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in salads with pasta, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten, egg and mustard in burger saucefollowing company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France.

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

– Biotoxins: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in chilled scallops, following an official control on the market. Origin Norway, notified by Norway, distributed also to Netherlands and Spain;

– Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite in dried apricot, following a border control. Origin Uzbekistan, notified by Latvia, distributed also to Poland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Iran (via Poland), notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in ham, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Denmark and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in enoki mushrooms, following company’s own check. Origin South Korea, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked halibut fillets, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by France;

– Pesticide residues: carbendazim in pitahaya, following company’s own check. Origin Vietnam, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia and Switzerland.

In Italy we have also a seizure of frozen kebab from Germany, due to the presence of Salmonella.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachios from Iran, in crushed ground chilli powder from India and in ground nutmeg from Indonesia (via United States);

– too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, unauthorised animal ingredient (egg white) and unauthorised use of colour E 132 – indigotine / indigo carmine in noodles from Japan;

– unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in and insufficient labelling (tartrazine E102) of sugar coated fennel seeds from India;

– shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand;

– norovirus in frozen cooked whole brown clams from Vietnam;

– unauthorised genetically modified (Cry1Ab) rice vermicelli from China;

– chlorpyriphos, dimethomorph, boscalid, kresoxim-methyl, pyraclostrobin and metrafenone in pickled vine leaves from Turkey;

– triazophos, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in green tea from Turkey;

– methomyl and thiodicarb in sweet peppers from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried prunes from Uzbekistan;

– residue level above MRL for copper in vine leaves from Turkey;

histamine in frozen yellowfin tuna from Panama;

– poor temperature control of frozen shrimps from Peru and of frozen octopus and white grouper from Mauritania;

– dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls in palm kernel fatty acid disillate from Malaysia;

– absence of health certificate(s) for chilled seabream from Senegal unfit for human consumption;

– sunflower meal from Ukraine infested with moulds (visible mould growth on the surface and inside the product, color changed to greygreen with brown and green spots, repulsive odor).

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of formaldehyde and of melamine from melamine boards from China and melamine plates from Hong Kong. Outer coating coming off from knives from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 2 – 2014

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

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp in chilli powder, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, notification from Germany, distributed also to Czech Republic and Poland.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow-up, we have two other recalls:

Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in cake decorations, following a consumer complaint. Origin United States, notification from Finland (distributed via Netherlands);

– Allergens: lactoprotein in dark chocolate cranberry bar, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, notification from Slovenia.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in enoki mushrooms, following company’s own check. Origin South Korea, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain and United Kingdom;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in chilled bengali cod curry, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from United Kingdom, distributed also to France, Ireland, Netherlands.

In Italy we have also a seizure of chilled vacuum packed swordfish loins for presence of heavy metals (mercury). Origin Spain.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxin in roasted pistachio nuts and in dried lerida figs from Turkey, in blanched groundnuts from Nicaragua, in peanuts, in chilli powder and in groundnut chutney from India, in almonds without shell from Australia and in raw shelled peanuts from Brazil. Salmonella in frozen clams from Vietnam and in paan leaves from Bangladesh. Absence of health certificate for sunflower oil from Ukraine and spicy peanuts from China. Norovirus (group II) in chilled clams from Tunisia, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef from Brazil, parathion-methyl  in chickpeas from India, carbendazim, flutriafol and flubendiamide and unauthorised substance dichlorvos in fresh mint from Morocco, benzalkonium chloride (BAC) in chilled eddoe from Costa Rica and prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India

For feed we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market, of dog chew for presence of Salmonella Infantis (pathogenic micro-organisms). Origin Poland, notification from Sweden.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of nickel from stainless steel wine opener set and for migration of formaldehyde from melamine dishes and tumbler from China.

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