Food recalls in EU – Week 21 – 2014

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

Foreign bodies: metal fragments in grill meat, following company’s own check. Origin Austria, distributed also to Germany. Information for follow up;

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps, following a border control. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany.  Border rejection.

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

Allergens: undeclared soya in canned beans with spicy sausage, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notified by Slovakia;

– Heavy metals: arsenic and mercury in frozen shark steak, following an official control on the market. Origin Suriname, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany and Norway;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in poultry sausage (chipolata), following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Germany;

 – Heavy metals: mercury in frozen slices of blue shark, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have Salmonella spp. in frozen spiced turkey breasts and frozen poultry meat preparations from Brazil and in paan leaves from Bangladesh, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat, lamb chops and mutton legs from New Zealand, norovirus in frozen cooked whole white clams from Vietnam, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts without shell from Turkey, in peanuts kernels from the United States, in blanched groundnut kernels from China and in blanched peanut halves from Argentina. Undeclared colour E 102 – tartrazine and unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in fruit juices from the Philippines, unauthorised irradiation of Cassia nomame extract from China, unauthorised substance yohimbine, synephrine, 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and methylsynephrine in food supplements from the United States, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen raw peeled prawns from India, unauthorised novel food ingredient zeolite in zeolite from the United States, rodent excrements in various food products and attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh, missing import declaration for pomelos from China, poor temperature control of frozen mullet roe from Mauritania and of frozen hake from Namibia, omethoate  in beans with pod from Cambodia and formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have an information for attention notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

Migration of primary aromatic amines and too high level of overall migration from plastic ladles, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Cyprus.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 49

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we don’t have any recalls from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications.

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

Allergens: too high content of gluten in sweet corn flour, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Poland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected caused by chilled mussels, following a consumer complaint. Origin from Ireland and Netherlands, notification from United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic and France;

Biocontaminants: histamine in canned sardines in olive oil, following a company’s own check. Origin Morocco, notification from France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled herring fillets in oil, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notification from France;

Allergens: undeclared soya in fine poultry pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

Heavy metals: lead in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Austria, notification from Slovenia.

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

In Switzerland we have also a seizure of green papaya from Thailand for presence of unauthorised genetically modified organism, following a border control.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in peanut kernels and in blanched groundnuts from China, in pistachio kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), in organic ginger from India and in dried figs from Turkey, Salmonella poona in fresh water spinach from Sri Lanka, suspicion of fraudulent health certificate for almonds from the United States (via Turkey), absence of health certificate for graviola powder, cat’s claw powder and Chanca Piedra powder from Peru, for chicken and chive rice crackers declared as wheat crackers from China and for fresh okra from India , poor hygienic state of soft and spelt wheat from Armenia, unsuitable organoleptic characteristics and poor hygienic state of bananas from Colombia, dimethoate and hexaconazole in fresh mint from Morocco, buprofezin, triazophos, acetamiprid and fipronil and unauthorised substance isocarbophos in green tea from China.

For food contact material we have a border rejection for migration of cadmium from plates from China.