Food recalls in EU – Week 28

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

Organoleptic aspects: too low acidity in white lasagna sauce, following company’s own check. Origin Switzerland, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance sibutramine and sildenafil in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by France.

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish steaks, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by France;

– Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate thermal processing in frozen cordon bleu, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands;

– Pesticide residues: metamidophos in pattypan, following a company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania and United Kingdom;

We have also a seizure for suspicion of shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen deer meat from Germany. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have aflatoxins in peanuts from China, salted pistachio nuts from Iran, shelled pistachios from Turkey, groundnut kernels from India (via Egypt) and Bombay biryani spice mix from Pakistan. Ochratoxin A in chili powder from Mexico, high count of Enterobacteriaceae in brine shrimp eggs from China, poor temperature control of frozen shallow-water cape hake from Namibia, residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, carbendazim in green tea extract from China and in fresh lemons from Argentina, formetanate and clofentezine in fresh peppers from Turkey, etoxazole in green beans and chlorothalonil in snow pea from Kenya, imazalil and orthophenylphenol in oranges from Egypt, methamidophos, monocrotophos and acephate in okra from India, bitertanol and abamectin in yard long beans from the Dominican Republic, dithiocarbamates, malathion, lambda-cyhalothrin, dimethomorph, azoxystrobin, boscalid, myclobutanil, pyraclostrobine and quinoxyfen in vine leaves in brine from Turkey.

For feed, we have a border rejection for Salmonella Spp. in fish meal from Mauritania.

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of chromium and of manganese from stainless steel strainers from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 4 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have two recalls from consumers in EU, following an alert notification:

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in buckwheat biscuits with almonds, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notification from Slovenia;

Food additives and flavourings: sulphite in mustard, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notification from Luxembourg.

Between the  information for follow-up, we have another recall:

– Composition: monoethylene glycol (MEG) in pita bread, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Poland and Spain.

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

Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in popcorn, following company’s own check. Origin United States, notification from Sweden, distributed also to Finland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in goat cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

Heavy metals: cadmium in fresh spinach, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands and Luxembourg;

Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Germany;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Romania and Spain;

Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, (via) Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Russia, notification from France;

– Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notification from France;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in cake slices, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notification from United Kingdom;

Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

In Italy we have also a seizure of frozen deer meat for shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli. Origin Austria.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil, in fish meal from Morocco, in paan leaves from Bangladesh and in frozen boiled clams from Vietnam. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen beef and boneless beef from Brazil. Aflatoxins in groundnut kernels from China, in pistachio kernels from the United States, via Turkey, in dried figs and dried lerida figs from Turkey. Ochratoxin A in ginger powder from India and in raisins from Uzbekistan. Absence of or improper health certificate for pistachio nuts from Iran, pistachios from Turkey and coconut crackers (containing sticky rice flour 18%) from China. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen hake from Namibia, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen headless shrimps from Bangladesh, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, formetanate and thiophanate-methyl in sweet peppers from Turkey, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, parathion-methyl in chickpeas from India and unauthorised substance dichlorvos  in oloyin beans from Nigeria.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for kitchen utensil (milk frother and turner) from China, via Hong Kong unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201).

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