Food recalls in EU – Week 31/2015

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:

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments (1×1 cm) in chilled soups from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Heavy metals: migration of nickel (1.43 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue cutlery from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of formaldehyde (16.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.7 mg/kg – ppm) from children decorated melamine plates from China, following an official control on the market. Notified from France, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain and Taiwan;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (VTEC O26 vt1) in raw cow’s milk cheese from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (16000 CFU/g) in gorgonzola from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to France and Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (260 CFU/g) in dry ham from France, following company’s own check. Notified from France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in jambon from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

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

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of cadmium (31.46 mg/item) and of lead (352.46 mg/item) from drinking glasses from China, via the United Arab Emirates. Notified by Cyprus;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (>15000 CFU/g) in andouille sausages from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and United Kingdom.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (4.4 mg/kg – ppm) from children decorated melamine plates from China, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 126 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence/25g) in frozen chicken leg quarters from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Malta, distributed also to Belgium, Benin, Congo (Brazzaville), Czech Republic, Gabon, Germany, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Togo and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • acephate (0.022 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India
  • acetamiprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm), thiamethoxam (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) and carbendazim (0.30 mg/kg – ppm) in cumin seeds from India
  • acetamiprid (0.81 mg/kg – ppm) in habanero hot peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China
  • cypermethrin (1.5 mg/kg – ppm), quinalphos (1.1 mg/kg – ppm), lambda-cyhalothrin (0.98 mg/kg – ppm), imidacloprid (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.086 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.97 mg/kg – ppm) in green cardamon from India
  • fipronil (0.013 mg/kg – ppm) in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • methamidophos (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) migration of chromium (4.4-17.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (37-144 mg/dm²) from knives set with cutting board from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) migration of chromium (up to 0.8 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel basket for vegetable steam-cooking from China
  • poor temperature control (between -8.4 and -11.1 °C) of frozen tuna loins (Thunnus albacares) from Cape Verde
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) (2.8 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) from India
  • Salmonella Kristianstad (presence /25g) and Salmonella Montevideo (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in auto dried hulled sesame seeds and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) in black cardamon from India
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.45 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh beans with pods from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) in papayas from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in sparkling citrus drink from the Philippines
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.091 mg/kg – ppm) in pitted olives in brine from Egypt

Food recalls in EU – Week 27

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

– Allergens: undeclared wheat in ice cream, following company’s own check. Origin Finland, notified by Finland, distributed also to Estonia.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers:

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces in canned sardines in oil, following company’s own check. Origin Portugal, notified by France.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: suspicion of Clostridium Botulinum in pesto sauce with black truffles, following food poisoning. Origin Hungary, notified by Hungary, distributed also to Hong Kong and Slovakia;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen chicken leg, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Latvia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium in frozen chicken carcasses, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Bulgaria, Guadeloupe, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Macedonia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in sunflower seeds, following an official control on the market. Origin Argentina (via United Kingdom), notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli in raw goat milk cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Gabon, Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa and Switzerland;

– Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate thermal processing on chilled liver sausage, following a consumer complaint. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak caused by Salmonella enteritidis in deep frozen pork tenderloin, following food poisoning. Origin Hungary, notified by Slovakia;

– Residues of medicinal veterinary products: prohibited substance diethylstilbestrol in pork, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark/Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States;

Organoleptic aspects: unsuitable organoleptic characteristics in cocktail shrimps, following a consumer complaint. Origin India, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Netherlands and Poland.

Amongst border rejections we have Salmonella spp. in boneless bovine meat from Brazil and in frozen poultry preparation from Argentina, suspicion of shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled boneless beef from Argentina, aflatoxins in groundnut kernels from China and chilli powder from India, absence of certified analytical report and of Common Entry Document (CED) for melon seeds from Nigeria, frozen cheese from the United States with defective packaging, illegal import of and Salmonella spp. in paan leaves from Bangladesh, unauthorised genetically modified papaya from Thailand, chlorpyriphos-methyl in chickpeas from Argentina, cypermethrin and cyhalothrin in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, poor temperature control of frozen tuna from South Africa and frozen squid, mercury in frozen squid from Peru, benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in non-refined soybean oil from Ukraine, unauthorised substance sildenafil and novel food (Scutellaria elliptica & incana) in food supplement from the United States.

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

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lid of jar containing garlic paste from Thailand.

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