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 14/2015

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:

– Allergens: traces of milk in varieties of milk free milk chocolate from the United Kingdom, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Denmark;

– Pesticide residues: methiocarb (2.3 mg/kg – ppm) in curly endive from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany and Luxembourg;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (4.1 <–> 384; µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (2.0 <–> 388 µg/kg – ppb) in millet balls from Hungary, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

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

– FCM. Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (3.7 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine chopping boards from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Albania;

-Dried black fungus from Vietnam, via Germany, infested with insectsfollowing a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared almond (<50 mg/kg – ppm) in paella spice mix from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Allergens: undeclared egg in cheese from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Allergens: undeclared soya (12.1 mg/kg – ppm) in Prague ham from the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia, distributed also to Russia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 6; Tot. = 6.9 µg/kg – ppb) in halva from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (26 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (11 µg/kg – ppb) in millet honey poppies from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (30 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (24 µg/kg – ppb) in gluten free organic millet from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Clostridium perfringens (5600 CFU/g) in vegan paté from Italy, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Germany, Greece, Malta, San Marino, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by frozen yellowfin tuna loins from Spain, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in roquefort blue cheese from raw sheep’s milk from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Composition: unauthorised substance gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in food supplement from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Sweden.

4. Seizures:

In Switzerland we had a seizure of frozen marlin steak from Vietnam, due to the presence of heavy metals (mercury – 2.5 mg/kg – ppm)

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.1; Tot. = 11.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell, in blanched groundnuts kernels (B1 = 11.1; Tot. = 57 µg/kg – ppb), in groundnut kernels (B1 = 157.9; Tot. = 172 / B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 21.1 µg/kg – ppb), in shelled groundnuts (B1 = 4.6; Tot. = 15.6 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (B1 = 59.52; Tot. = 64.11 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 23) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 26.7; Tot. = 28.1 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder, red chilli (B1 = 91.4; Tot. = 94.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in peanut butter(B1 = 7.3; Tot. = 8.4 / B1 = 3.9; Tot. = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 350; Tot. = 390 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.3; Tot. = 21.3 µg/kg – ppb) in fig paste from Turkey
  • biphenyl (4.76 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.136 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • dead insects (21.4 %) in organic dried figs from Turkey
  • fenpropathrin (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in dried raisins from Iran
  • fipronil (0.029 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • malathion (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance phorate (0.052 mg/kg – ppm) in pumpkin seeds from China
  • poor state of preservation of and incorrect labelling on pasteurized cherries from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil and Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan/betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • too high content (2407 mg/kg – ppm) and undeclared (2363 mg/kg – ppm) sulphites in dried apricots from Turkey
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (13.6 mg/kg – ppm) from glassware from China
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) from knives from China
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.6 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (5.3 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (6 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue grills gaseous fuel from China
  • FCM: migration of manganese (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue grids and from gas barbecue (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: corrosion of and too high level of overall migration (1266 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel kitchen utensils from China unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201)
  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for melamine kitchenware from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.049 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from Hong Kong
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.2 mg/kg – ppm) in peas from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance hexaconazole (0.021 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in okra from India