Food recalls in EU – Week 15/2015

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 almond in blackened salmon portions from the United Kingdom, with raw material from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Biotoxins: puffer fish (Tetraodontidae) in monkfish fillets from Senegal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in spelt flour from Belgium, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Netherlands.

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

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Composition: too high content of vitamin D (125 µg/capsule) in vitamin D3 & K2 from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Norway;

– Fraud: expiry dates changed of fish product from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and United States;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in 12 different types of vegetable mixes from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak (Clostridium botulinum) caused by zucchini and tomatoes in vegetable oil from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Hungary, Slovenia and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli (330 MPN/100g) in mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen raw turkey cutlets from France. Notified from France, distributed also to Germany and Switzerland.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 102.1; Tot. = 120.7 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts and in organic blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.88; Tot. = 4.28 / B1 = 7.0; Tot. = 8.72 µg/kg – ppb) from Egypt
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 16.5; Tot. = 17.4 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 170; Tot. = 185 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios processed in Turkey, with raw material from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27; Tot. = 54 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut kernels, in peanuts (B1 = 7.5; Tot. = 9.9 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched peanuts (B1 = 4.4; Tot. = 13 / B1 = 3.4; Tot. = 4.1 µg/kg – ppb) and in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.8 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.8 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • attempt to illegally import dried beans from Nigeria
  • formetanate (0.749 mg/kg – ppm) in gherkin from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of melamine (5.06 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine set (plate, spoon and fork) from Hong Kong
  • omethoate and dimethoate (sum= 0.059 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances trichlorphon (0.28 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • poor temperature control (-8; -12; -11 °C) of frozen tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Nicaragua and of frozen jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas) (-9.8; -11.3; -11.4; -13.1; -10.9; -8.1 °C) from Peru
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furaltadone (AMOZ) (1.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pork casings from Egypt
  • Salmonella enteritidis (2 out of 5 samples /25g) in frozen salted chicken fillets from Thailand
  • Salmonella Montevideo (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil
  • too high content of sulphite (184 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Ecuador
  • too high content of sulphite (2516 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised irradiation (curcuma longa extract: glow ratio 1,2 grape seed extract: glow ratio 0,88) of fruit extracts from China
  • unauthorised substance monocrotophos (0.038 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 13/2015

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: undeclared celery in chicken and herb pie from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Allergens: undeclared almond in paprika from Spain, via Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Finland, Namibia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden;

– Composition: high content of iodine (33 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from China, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak (Staphylococcal enterotoxin) suspected to be caused by raw milk cheese from France, following food poisoning. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany and Spain;

– Re-crystallised creatine in, suffocation risk and risk of mouth injury as a result of the consumption of chocolate and strawberry flavoured cyclone milk from Austria, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Food additives and flavorings: too high content of E 210 – benzoic acid (6000 mg/kg – ppm) in salted radish from Thailand, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 61.1; Tot. = 78.5 / B1 = 83.7; Tot. = 107.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China, via Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– Poor or insufficient controls: unauthorised operator for frozen chicken cuts from Poland, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Denmark and Netherlands.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for polyamide kitchenware from China
  • absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for fig and hazelnut snacks from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.8; Tot. = 24.4 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 25.2; Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran and in pistachios in shell (B1 = 170.7; Tot. = 186.6 µg/kg – ppb), via Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 40.5; Tot. = 74.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 50.5; Tot. = 64.4 / B1 = 70.2; Tot. = 90.5 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from the Gambia
  • attempt to illegally import, absence of health certificate(s), absence of labelling on and of certified analytical report for roasted groundnuts from Ghana
  • biphenyl (0.461 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • clofentezine (0.072 mg/kg – ppm) in courgettes from Turkey
  • cyproconazole (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in ginger from Nicaragua
  • ethephon (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in red grapes from Peru
  • formetanate (0.887 mg/kg – ppm) in gherkins from Turkey
  • lead (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen raspberries from Ukraine
  • FCM: migration of chromium (1.7 mg/kg – ppm) from set of knives and from barbecue sets (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: peeler from China unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201)
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g), Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio Vulnificus in frozen shrimps (Penaeus monodon) from Vietnam
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted turkey from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan leaves from India
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in soy cakes from Ukraine
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Epimedium in gingseng tonic from South Korea
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India and in oranges (0.514 mg/kg – ppm) from Turkey