Food recalls in EU – Week 12 – 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 notification:

– Allergens: undeclared celery in frozen sweet potato burgers and vegetable burgers, following consumer complaint. Origin Estonia, notified by Estonia, distributed also to Finland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in farmhouse cheese with red culture, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria.

We have also three recalls, following information for attention and information for follow up notification:

Foreign bodies: dead insects in breakfast cereals, following a consumer complaint. Origin France, notified by Greece;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in crackers, following company’s own check. Origin Serbia, notified by Slovenia;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in glutenfree organic sweet lupine flour, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria and Italy.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Hungary;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in sultanas, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey, notified by Germany, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in organic mussels, following company’s own check. Origin Ireland, notified by France.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil and in dried pet food from China, Salmonella Hadar in frozen turkey meat preparation from Brazil, aflatoxins in roasted pistachios from Turkey, high count of Enterobacteriaceae in ice cream from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen boneless beef meat from Argentina, dead insects and excrements of insects in almond kernels from the United States, too high content of colour E 124 – Ponceau 4R / cochineal red A in strawberry flavoured syrup from Israel, benzalkonium chloride (BAC) in fresh eddoes from Costa Rica, histamine in chilled tuna from India, poor temperature control of chilled fish from Senegal, mercury in frozen snapper from New Zealand, cadmium in frozen small squids from China, absence of health certificate(s) for rice from China.

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

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of chromium from dies for meat grinder from Hong Kong and from barbeque tooling set from China. Migration of manganese from BBQ trays from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 43

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

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled bacon, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notification from France;

Between the information for attention notifications, we have another recall:

Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in chilled mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy, distributed also to Greece;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin Ireland, notification from France, distributed also to Germany;

Allergens: undeclared milk in chocolate biscuits, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Spain;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in rice and chocolate biscuits, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in chilled mussels, following a company’s own check. Origin France, distributed also to Spain;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Hepatitis A in frozen mixed berries processed in Italy, with raw material from Poland, Serbia, Chile, Bulgaria, Sweden and Bosnia and Herzegovina, following an official control market. Notification from Italy;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in peanut butter from Benin, in peanuts in shell from China and in dried figs from Turkey, salmonella spp.  in frozen chicken meat preparations from Brazil, excrements of insects in blanched groundnut kernels from Argentina, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried leguminous from Nigeria, improper health certificate(s) for fresh okra from India, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, acetamiprid in pomegranate from Turkey, unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of deepwater cape hake (Merluccius paradoxus) from South Africa and poor temperature control of frozen Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) from the United States.

About food contact materials, we have an alert for migration of formaldehyde in plastic bowl from Hungary (notification from Germany).

About feed, we find an alert too, for high content of selenium and migration of cobalt in complete feed for pigs from Netherlands (notification from Germany).