Food recalls in EU – Week 9 – 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:

Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons  in olive pomace oil, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Greece, distributed also to Germany;

We have also two recalls, following information for follow-up notification:

Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Sweden), notification from Finland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Sweden), notification from Finland.

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

– Allergens: undeclared egg in chicken fillets, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised colours Sudan 1 and Sudan 4 in red chilli peppers, following an official control on the market. Origin unknown, notification from France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in rice, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notification from Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen mako shark, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in dried figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Germany, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in frozen salted chicken breast fillet, following company’s own check. Origin Thailand, notification from Denmark, distributed also to Sweden;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in hulled sesame seed from India, aflatoxins in pistachio from Iran, in pistachio kernels from United States (via Turkey), in raw pistachios from Syria (dispatched from Turkey), in nutmeg from Indonesia (via China), in shelled almonds from the United States and in dried figs from Turkey, high content of aluminium in quick cooking noodles from China, profenofos in fresh centella from Sri Lanka, chlorpyriphos and profenofos in spearmint leaves from Egypt, diazinon in red kidney beans from Ethiopia, fipronil in yardlong beans from Thailand, clofentezine in pepper from Turkey, dimethoate and fipronil in green tea from Hong Kong.

For feed, we have an alert for poisonous dry dog food (suspected to having caused severe diarrhoea with weight loss), following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notification from France. Border rejections for Salmonella spp. in dry dog food and pet food from China.

For food contact materials we have an information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers of  plastic plates from China for colour migrationafter a consumer complaint. Notification from Greece, distributed also to Cyprus.

We have also an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market of ceramic plates for migration of aluminiumfollowing an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notification from France. Border rejections for migration of nickel from steel toaster tongs and from deep fryer from China, chromium in steel knives from Hong Kong.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 48

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

– Allergens: undeclared nuts in pesto sauce (pesto verde), following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to United Kingdom;

 Composition: unauthorised 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notification from Spain, distributed also to Netherlands.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from the consumers:

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: mould infestation in lemon dressing, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Spain, distributed also to Guinea;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ham onion salami, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in yellow noodles, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from Cyprus.

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

– Pesticides residues: dimethoate in mango, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from France, distributed also to Italy;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled chili sausage, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in onion flavoured meat spread, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in dried figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Slovakia), notification from Austria;

Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Italy), notification from Slovenia.

In Spain we have also a seizure of frozen swordfish from Mozambique for presence of mercury, following an official control on the market.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen cooked clams (Meretrix spp) and frozen Venus clams from Vietnam, Salmonella Weltevreden in fresh centella (Centella asiatica) from Sri Lanka, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in groundnuts from Egypt, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen boneless bovine meat from Brazil, missing import declaration for curry leaves from India, unauthorised substance carbofuran in pomelo from China, unauthorised novel food ingredient Terminalia chebulain in sugar syrup and Phyllanthus emblica in gooseberry sugar syrup from Pakistan, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in brown beans from Nigeria, dead insects and live insects in dried figs from Turkey infested with larvae of insects.

For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of nickel from stainless coffee makers from India, migration of chromium and of manganese from kitchen utensils from China, too high level of overall migration from gloves in latex/nitril from Malaysia and  from plastic cups from China, migration of chromium and of  manganese and too high level of overall migration from steel knive from Brazil and migration of formaldehyde and of melamine  from melamine tableware sets from China.