Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2015

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:

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

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 37 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (69 µg/kg – ppb) in red chilli powder from India, processed in the United Arab Emirates
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 37.9; Tot. = 41 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.9; Tot. = 3.9 / B1 = 34; Tot. = 40 / B1 = 66; Tot. = 83 µg/kg – ppb) in raw peanuts from Bolivia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China
  • attempt to illegally import frozen common sole (Solea spp) and monkfish (Lophius spp) from Senegal
  • black pepper grains from Vietnam infested with moulds
  • chlorpyrifos (0.66 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • clofentezine (0.057 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • cypermethrin (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.022 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances dichlorvos (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) and trichlorfon (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in dried brown beans from Nigeria
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for shelled groundnuts from China
  • lead (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in tomatoes from Ukraine
  • mercury (0.964 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) fillets from Tunisia
  • FCM: migration of chromium (3.3 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (25 mg/dm²) from butter knife, cleavers and knives table stell from China
  • poor temperature control (-7 °C) of frozen common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and soles (Synaptura cadenati) from Senegal, and of frozen sheep meat preparation (Ovis aries) from Australia
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen turkey meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • spoilage of chilled fish (Argyrosomus regius, Dentex dentex, Dicentrarchus labrax, Seriola dumerili) from Egypt
  • unauthorised novel food cuitlacoche (canned maize infected with fungus Ustilago maydis) from Mexico
  • unauthorised substances tolfenpyrad (0.045 mg/kg – ppm) and anthraquinone (0.051 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 122 – azorubine (64 mg/kg – ppm) in pickled horseradish from Ukraine

Food recalls in EU – Week 11/2015

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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (<1.0103 CFU/g) in soft cheese from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter in spring onions from Egypt, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of peanut (1.71 mg/kg – ppm) in pili pili powder from China, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2.34 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (29 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seeds from China, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (183 µg/kg – ppb in dried figs from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen minced meat from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in cheese made with raw cow’s milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Spain.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 12 µg/kg – ppb) in pecan nuts from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11; Tot. = 60 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and peanuts in shell (B1 = 3.4; Tot. = 8.4 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 29; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels, with raw material from Afghanistan, and in dried figs (B1 = 6.5; Tot. = 7 / B1 = 10.8; Tot. = 13 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6.8; Tot. = 8.1 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and red chili (B1=18.1 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 67 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, dispatched from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 129 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from Afghanistan, dispatched from Turkey
  • ochratoxin A (24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Uzbekistan
  • azoxystrobin (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) in red peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • chlorpyrifos (1.067 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • dead insects and excrements of insects (20.6; 21.1 %) in dried dates from Turkey
  • ethephon (3.9 mg/kg – ppm) in grapes from Peru
  • formetanate (0.172 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers, sweet peppers (1939 mg/kg – ppm) and cucumbers (2.204 mg/kg – ppm) from Turkey
  • metalaxyl (0.169 mg/kg – ppm) and fenamiphos (0.328 mg/kg – ppm) in courgettes from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for meat grinder from China
  • FCM: migration of formaldehyde (up to 259 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine set (glasses, plates cutlery) from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (1.1 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine kitchen utensils from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (aniline: 0.029; 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane: 0.0681 mg/kg – ppm) from nylon tableware from China
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (518 mg/kg – ppm) from chrome winebottle set from China
  • norovirus (group I detected /25g) in frozen white clams from Vietnam
  • oxydemeton-methyl (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh beans from Kenya
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds and Salmonella Mbandaka (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India
  • undeclared colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (15 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine (76 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen seaweed salad from China
  • unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of chilled lamb leg from New Zealand