Food recalls in EU – Week 24/2015

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 gluten (presence) in variety of chocolate flavoured brownie cake bars from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in milk chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.55 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish fillets (Xiphias gladius) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (6738.8; 10500 µg/kg – ppb) in corn meal from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in food for enteral use for children from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter jejuni (11 positive samples: 800, 100,400, 200, 300, 3100, 9200, 400, 700, 600, 300 CFU/g) in fresh chicken from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: unauthorised substances progesterone (2.56 mg/kg – ppm) and androstenedione (3.02 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: high content of iodine (2423 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from Japan, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (2.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH4 sum: 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled bacon from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey, packaged in Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

In Italy, following an official control on the market, we had a seizure for E 450 – diphosphate (2.37 g/kg) unauthorised in chilled vacuum packed yellow fin tuna from Spain.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 13.1 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts, in blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.0 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.6; Tot. = 14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.1; Tot. = 18.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled bitter almonds from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22.7; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 25 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnut from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) (1240 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in popcorn (2308 µg/kg – ppb) from Serbia
  • dried vegetables from China infested with moulds and with insects
  • fenamiphos (0.096 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • poor hygienic state of red peppers from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control (> 12.2 °C) of chilled seabass (Dicentrarchus spp) and chilled tuna (Thunnus spp) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Stanley and acephate (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen okra from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, of colour E 122 – azorubine, of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC and of colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (combined level of dyes > 300 mg/kg – ppm) in marshmallows from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in food supplement from the United States

(Source: EU RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU- Week 24 – 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 notifications:

Foreign bodies: black particles in spring still natural mineral water, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom. Distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Chemical contamination: aromatic hydrocarbons in food supplement, following an official control in non-member country. Origin Russia, notified by Germany.

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

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in organic aioli sauce, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Portugal;

– Heavy metals: arsenic in dried mushrooms, following an official control on the market. Origin Lithuania, notified by Poland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in raw milk and mozzarella cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro organisms: Salmonella Ball in black pepper, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notified by Slovakia;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in pineapple, following company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have Norovirus (Group II) in frozen clams (Veneridae) and doxycycline unauthorised in frozen whiteleg shrimp from Vietnam, undeclared egg in frozen surimi sticks from China, unauthorised novel food GTF chromium yeast from the United States, damaged packaging of and absence of health mark on chilled yellowfin tuna from Grenada, chlorpyriphos in asparagus beans from the Dominican Republic, formetanate in fresh pepper from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans from Nigeria, unauthorised substance chlorate in organic apples from Argentina, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat, hind shanks and legs from New Zealand, E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised in fruity flavour soft drinks from the United States, aflatoxins in organic groundnuts in shell from Egypt and in Brazil nuts from Bolivia, absence of health certificate(s) and missing import declaration for melon seeds from Nigeria, Salmonella Spp. in sesame seeds from Senegal and in frozen poultry  meat preparations from Brazil and Thailandia.

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

– Biotoxins: meadow saffron in hay, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for too high level of overall migration from knives from China.

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