Top 10 articles in 2017 – Review

Dear readers and friends,

another year passed and I have to thank you everyone for the time spent reading this blog, sharing articles and commenting.

As usual, I recap the most interesting topics of 2017 in the first article of 2018. Here below the top 10 articles of 2017, according to the number of clicks received:

  1. Dual quality food products guidance of the EU Commission – Now what?

A brief exam of the Commission guidance released in September 2017 on this most controversial topic.

2. Food Supplement Regulation of China – Vitamins and Minerals list compared to EU

A special thank you to my guest writer KUN HOU (kunhou2016@gmail.com) for this very appreciated comparative table.

3. 1st Food Law in Asia International Conference – Export, Labelling and Countering Fraud

The event was organised on 12th June 2017 in Amsterdam, in cooperation with Lexxion and HFG law firm and it was a great success.  For those who enjoyed the event or are interested a 2nd edition is planned for 16th April 2018 in Rome (see link to provisional program) and will be followed the day after by the twin conference “Food Law in US” (see link to provisional program, to be updated soon).

4. Food defense requirements in EU?

Will we see food defense requirements in EU, like in US, in a near future? Nothing changed on the EU Commission side, since the publication of this article.

5. FDA Releases Compliance Guide for Small Businesses under FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule (Food defense)

Another article that confirms the interest for the above mentioned topic.

6. FDA Extended Compliance Dates for Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules to 2020 and 2021

The FDA proposed this extension for the application of the new Nutrition Facts requirements, from mid-2018 to 1st January 2020 and 2021 (depending on the business size). Formally the extension has not been finalized yet, but it is more than sure that it will be confirmed soon.

7. ‘Natural’ claim in China: an overview and comparison with EU and US

The article provides useful links to my publications on the topic.

8. FDA Recognizes Australia as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S.

The FDA recognized Australian food safety system as equivalent to the US one under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).

9. Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2017

This one of a kind event attracts always a lot of interest. This year there will be the 10th edition.

10. EU audits – Vietnam not compliant for pesticide residues

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Food recalls in EU – Week 48/2015

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:

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.081 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 125; Tot. = 147 / B1 = 47; Tot. = 53 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.6; Tot. = 17.4 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 17.4; Tot. = 18.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from Bangladesh
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.8; Tot. = 29.39 µg/kg – ppb) in organic hazelnuts, dried figs, (B1 = 32; Tot. = 36 / B1 = 99.1; Tot. = 162.3 / B1 = 16.3; Tot. = 17.29 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnuts (B1 = 64.95; Tot. = 75.06 µg/kg – ppb) and in crushed roasted hazelnuts (B1 = 7.4; Tot. = 22 / B1 = 9.6; Tot. = 22 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.0 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chillies from India
  • copper (115 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 60.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts for bird feeding from Brazil
  • fenpropathrin (0.017 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.021 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen barramundi fillets (Lates spp) from China
  • improper health certificate(s) for shrimps (Penaeus duorarum) from Côte d’Ivoire with improper packaging (too porous)
  • ivermectin (4.0 µg/kg – ppb) unauthorised in frozen barramundi (Lates spp) from Vietnam
  • mercury (0.78 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control of frozen Argentine red shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) from Argentina, frozen crabs (Cardisoma spp) and frozen raw lobsters (Panulirus argus) from Honduras, frozen fillets of mackerel (Scomber spp) and dolphinfish (Coryphaena) from China
  • propargite (0.204 mg/kg – ppm) in dried tomatoes from Tunisia
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in chilled beef from Brazil
  • stones (1.2 %) in white pepper husk from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine (0.65 %) and unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF (47.5 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen sweet corn pastry from Colombia
  • too high content of sulphite (2143 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance aldrin in chilled peppers from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.5 mg/kg – ppm) in peas from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in black olives in brine from Peru