Food recalls in EU – Week 25 – 2014

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

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in green beans, following an official control on the market. Origin Morocco, notified by Luxembourg, distributed also to Germany and France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw milk soft cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by Germany;

Food additives and flavorings: undeclared sulphite in pickled lime, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand (via Netherlands), notified by Denmark;

–  Food additives and flavorings: undeclared sulphite in water chestnuts in brine, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand (via Netherlands), notified by Denmark.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow-up notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

– Food additives and flavorings: too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in soft drinks, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in milkshakes produced from sterilised milk preparation, following company’s own check. Origin France/Belgium, notified by France;

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

– Allergens: too high content of gluten in corn meal, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in flapjack cake, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Germany, Ireland, Slovakia and Malta;

– Allergens; undeclared sesame and nuts in cookies, following an official control on the market. Origin Lebanon (via Germany), notified by Denmark;

– Heavy metals: high content of lead in green lentils, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Slovakia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Germany), notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Iran (via Germany), notified by Netherlands;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ground ginger, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus in ginger powder, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), notified by France, distributed also to Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in vacuum packed beef, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Coein in black pepper, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium/Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to France;

– Pesticide residues: carbendazim in pears, following a border control. Origin Argentina, notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria;

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in pork meat, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have Norovirus in frozen clams from Vietnam, residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, too high content of vitamins in food supplements from the United States, unauthorised substances malachite green and leucomalachite green in frozen red tail tin foil barb from Vietnam, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of anchovies from Morocco, absence of health certificate(s) for rice cooking wine and sauces from China, Salmonella Hadar in frozen turkey meat and meat preparation (boneless & skinless) from Brazil, Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken meat and meat preparation from Brazil, Salmonella Brunei and Salmonella Westhampton in desiccated coconut from Indonesia, Salmonella Kentucky in hulled sesame seeds from India, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Syria, via Turkey, and from United States and in pistachio nuts in shell from Iran, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen domestic rabbits and frozen rabbit meat from China, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oluyin beans, peeled beans and dried beans from Nigeria, attempt to illegally import dried beans from Nigeria ,suspicion of attempt to illegally import watermelon seeds from Nigeria, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, carbendazim in fresh green beans from Kenya, in waxberry from China and in fresh peppers from Turkey, clofentezine in fresh peppers from Turkey, acetamiprid and endosulfan in aubergines from the Dominican Republic, chlorpyriphos and hexaconazole in chilled green beans from Kenya, unauthorised substance morpholine in lemons from Argentina and unauthorised genetically modified (35S promotor detected) fresh papaya from Thailand.

For feed, we have a border rejection for Salmonella paratyphi b in fish meal from Peru.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market for:

Migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon spoons, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via United Kingdom), notified by Poland.

Border rejections for migration of manganese from cast iron grills, migration of chromium, of nickel and of manganese from stainless steel kitchen utensils and volatile organic compounds in wooden sticks for skewers and cocktail decorations from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 7 – 2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw milk cheese coated with grape marc, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to United Kingdom.

We have also one information for follow-up notification, followed by a recall:

– Composition: carbon monoxide treatment in chilled tuna, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

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

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

– Industrial contaminants: hydrogen peroxide in vanilla chocolate pudding, following food poisoning. Origin Germany, notification from Italy;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef shoulder, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Enteritidis in frozen raw chicken meat, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notification from France;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to France, Germany, Norway and Sweden;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance 17-alpha-boldenone in bull, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, animal slaughtered and notification from France, distributed also to Greece;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella typhimurium in chicken breast from Thailand, Salmonella spp. in frozen meat preparations from Brazil and in seasoning mix from India. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen bovine meat from Brazil. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen prawns from Greenland, histamine in frozen sardines from Morocco. Excrements of insects and live insects in instant noodles and in basmati rice from India. Absence of health certificate(s) for nuts mix from India. Unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in protein bar from the United States and E 216 – propyl p-hydroxybenzoate unauthorised in food supplement from Brazil. Unlabelled irradiation of dog chew from China. E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in soft drinks from the United States. Acetamiprid in pepper from the Dominican Republic and in tea from Morocco, acetamiprid and fipronil in green jasmine tea from Morocco, oxamyl in strawberries, dimethoate in fresh oranges and carbendazim in fresh artichokes from Egypt, chlorpyriphos-ethyl in mint from Morocco, procymidone, clofentezine and formentanate in sweet peppers from Turkey, prochloraz in chili peppers from Thailand.

For feed, we have an alert for mycotoxins (aflatoxins) in organic soybeans from Kazakhstan. Notification from Denmark.

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

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