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 15 – 2014

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

– Biocontaminants: histamine in chilled tuna fillet, following company’s own check. Origin French Polynesia (France), notified by France, distributed also to Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments and stones in honey roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by United Kingdom;

– Composition: too high content of Vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via United Kingdom), notified by France;

– Allergens: undeclared mustard in salad sauce, following company’s own check. Origin Hungary, notified by Poland.

We have also two recalls, following information for attention notification:

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

– Insufficient labeling: suffocation risk as a result of consumption in jelly cups, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany;

Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product, we find, amongst the others, the comeback of the Epatitis A from berry mix:

– Composition: high content of aluminium in seaweed noodles, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea (via Netherlands), notified by Germany;

– Composition: too high content of Vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official contro on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notified by France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments and stones in shelled sunflower kernels, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands (raw material from Bulgaria), notified by Sweden, distributed also to Belgium, Cyprus and Germany;

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

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins in organic maize flour, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy (via France), notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected (Hepatitis A) from berry mix buttermilk cake, following a food poisoning. Origin Germany, notified by Norway;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cooked head of pork, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in fresh/frozen poultry meat, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Bulgaria and United Kingdom.

Moreover, we have another alert notification, without recall or withdrawal from the market, for Hepatitis A:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: virus of Hepatitis A in mixed frozen berries, following a food poisoning. Origin Poland and Bulgaria (via Belgium), notified by France.download

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Spp. in frozen salted chicken breast halves from Brazil, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen beef from Brazil, norovirus  in frozen cooked whole white clams from Vietnam, aflatoxins in shelled almonds from the United States, pistachio kernels from Iran (dispatched from Turkey) and in organic nutmeg powder from India, attempt to illegally import or absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for paan leaves from India and Bangladesh, absence or improper health certificate(s) for seaweed and senbei rice crackers from Hong Kong, for fish sauce from Thailand, for peanut and tamarind chutney from India and for cashew and almond whole fruit and nut bar from Canada (via United States), high content of aluminium in brakeroot vermicelli from China, triazophos in okras from India, fenitrothion in black olives in brine from Egypt, procymidone in fresh peppers from Turkey, acephate in basmati parboiled rice from India, coffee from Brazil infested with mouldscadmium in frozen Pacific flying squids from China, unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in pickled ginger from Thailand, unauthorised substances tin, germanium, cobalt, vanadium and strontium in food supplement, unauthorised novel food meshima mushroom (Phellinus linteus) to be used in food supplements, unauthorised placing on the market of food supplement containing Juglans nigra and  unauthorised novel food ingredient clinoptilolite in food supplements from the United States, salicylic acid and undeclared colour E 102 – tartrazine in candies with corn flavour from China, triazophos, acetamiprid, imidacloprid and fipronil and unauthorised substance diafenthiuron in green tea from China.

For feed, we have several information for attention notification, for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63 rice) choline chloride 60 % from China.

For food contact materials we have an information for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

– Migration: outer coating coming off from bakeware rectangular roasters, following a consumer complaint. Origin China (via Hong Kong), notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria and Cyprus.  

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