Food recalls in EU – Week 36/2015

After a summer break our weekly report is coming back. In the week 32-35 we had a couple of interesting and/or widespread alerts, followed by recalls from consumers, namely:

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in coriander cumin powder from India, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Poland;

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in curry paste from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland; (spices once again!)

– Allergens: too high content of gluten (80 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten-free barleygrass powder from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

Foreign bodies: glass fragments in jar containing pickled capers from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in branflakes from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in chilled sandwich with ham and butter from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella (presence /25g) in chilled sausages from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 565; Tot. = 613.6 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Lebanon, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in chilled marinated grill ribs from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Italy.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (7.8 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (calculated: 59.8 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seed oil from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (in 1 out of 12/25g) in chilled chicken breast fillets from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for dried fig jam from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.27; Tot. = 28.47 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (85.25 µg/kg – ppb) in berbere spice mix from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chilli from India, via the United Arab Emirates
  • altered organoleptic characteristics of frozen boneless beef manufactured in Namibia, with raw material from South Africa
  • damaged packaging of canned skipjack tuna fillets (Katsuwonus [Euthynnus] pelamis) from Cape Verde
  • dimethoate (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in pea pods from Kenya
  • dithiocarbamates (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance 3-hydroxycarbofuran (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • high content of lead (0.171 mg/kg – ppm) in mushrooms in brine from Vietnam and (4.68 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India
  • mercury (1.19 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from South Korea
  • mercury (1.83; 0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplements from India
  • myclobutanil (0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (clear signs of defrosting) of frozen croaker, cuttlefish and squid from India and poor temperature control of frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Ecuador
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (6.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried casings from China
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leves from India
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 5 out of 5 samples) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • unauthorised operator for chicken meat preparation (Gallus domesticus) from Saudi Arabia
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in dagon fruit from Vietnam
  • unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (18.8; 32.7 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from China
  • Vibrio (presence /25g) in frozen shrimps from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU – Week 23/2015

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:

– Biocontaminants: atropine (198.5 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (45 µg/kg – ppb) in organic polenta cornmeal from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in white wine in bottle from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Finland, distributed also to Denmark and Sweden;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments (size 7-17 by 5-14 mm) in frozen fish cutlets from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Netherlands;

– Foreign bodies: wire 1.5 cm long in chocolate bar from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (433.5 µg/kg – ppb) in liquorice root from Turkey, via the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in raw milk cheeses from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Denmark, Netherlands and Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: norovirus (GI /25g) in frozen raspberries from Serbia, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (H11, eae+, stx1+) in frozen burgers from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Monaco.

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

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Biocontaminants: histamine (1100 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen tuna steak from Vietnam, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Estonia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments (very small glass particles) in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Italy;

– Heavy metals: mercury (0.5 mg/kg – ppm) in five-flavour berry (Schisandra chinensis) from Singapore, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Finland, Germany and Italy;

– Mycotoxins: deoxynivalenol (DON) (2198 µg/kg – ppb) in salted popcorn manufactured in the Czech Republic, with raw material from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (3100 CFU/g) in smoked mackerel processed in Romania, with raw material from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Hungary;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (400 CFU/g) in gorgonzola cheese from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Switzerland, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in ginger from the United Kingdom, with raw material from Nigeria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in pineapples from Mauritius, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Romania.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 16.4; Tot. = 17.4 µg/kg – ppb) in dried whole red chilli peppers from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 193; Tot. = 225 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from India, processed in Egypt
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 96.9; Tot. = 152 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 20; Tot. = 22 / B1 = 71; Tot. = 80 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • biphenyl (1.66 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • dithiocarbamates (0.15 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey
  • FEED: arsenic (220 mg/kg – ppm) in manganese oxide from India
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 189 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels for bird feed from the Gambia
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) (dated after the arrival to the BIP) for refined hazelnut oil from Turkey
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Vietnam
  • too high content of sulphite and undeclared sulphite (4958 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey, via Lebanon
  • undeclared milk ingredient, wheat and nuts in and insufficient labelling of sesame seed-based confectionery (barazeq) from Lebanon