Food recalls in EU – Week 11 – 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:

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins in cooked mussel meat, following food poisoning. Origin Ireland and Netherlands, notified by Ireland, distributed also to Italy;

– Foreign bodies: two sharp plastic fragments in figbread with almonds, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria.

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

– Non-pathogenic microorganisms: moulds in strawberry flavoured cakes, following a consumer complaint. Origin Italy, notified by Greece;

– Novel food: unauthorised novel food ingredient 3,3 diindolylmethane (DIM) (synthetic) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Finland (with raw material from France), notified by Finland, distributed also to Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate termal processing (prawns) of seafood sandwich filler with prawns, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom (with raw material from Iceland), notified by United Kingdom, distributed  also to Gibraltar.

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

– Allergens: undeclared sesame in flavouring, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic (via Poland), notified by Slovakia;

– Allergens: undeclared sesame in chocolate muffin, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Slovakia;

– Allergens: undeclared mustard in chilled spare ribs sate, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in oysters, following food poisoning. Origin France, notified by Denmark;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in frozen brie and camembert, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia Coli in live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Greece, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled pasteurised sheep’s milk chees, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

We have also a seizure of choline chloride 60% corn cob from China for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63) rice. Notified from Bulgaria.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry meat and turkey meat preparation from Brazil, in sesame seed from India and in paan leaves from Bangladesh. Norovirus in frozen, cooked and boiled clams, cooked  from Vietnam. Aflatoxins in pistachio nuts and in pistachio kernels from Iran, in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in blanched peanuts from China. Groundnuts in shell from Egypt infested with moulds and dead insects and excrements of insects in dried raisins from India infested with moulds. Absence of health certificate(s) for groundnut chikki from India and for nougat with pistachios from Iran. Fenitrothion in olives from Egypt, formetanate in chilled sweet peppers and fresh peppers from Turkey and clofentezine in peppers from Turkey. Spoilage of chilled white grouper from Senegal, unauthorised substance sibutramine in slimming coffee from Thailand and United States, unauthorised placing on the market (Bidens andicola, Chuquiraga jussieui, Equisetum bogotense, Equisetum giganteum, Lasiocephalus ovatus, Piper carpunya and Tropaeolum tuberosum) of herbal infusions from Ecuador, tebuconazole, tolfenpyrad, flonicamid, flubendiamide, diflubenzuron and chlorantraniliprole and unauthorised substance dinotefuran in green tea from Japan, lufenuron and hexaflumuron in green tea from China and cadmium in frozen octopur.

For feed, we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Heavy metals: unauthorised feed additive cobalt proteinate in feed for goldfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by France.

For food contact materials we don’t  have any important notification this week.

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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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