Food recalls in EU – Week 26 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have one recall from consumers in EU in the alert notifications:

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in cauliflower, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg, and France.

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

Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance carbofuran in limes, following a border control. Origin Brazil, notified by Italy.

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

– Biotoxins: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in shucked scallop, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France;

– Foreign bodies: stones (3mm) in bulgur, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Germany), notified by Austria;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in raisins, following an official control on the market. Origin Uzbekistan, notified by Slovakia, distributed also to Austria and Slovenia;

– Mycotoxins: alfatoxins in sunflower seeds, following an official control on the market. Origin Argentina (via United Kingdom), notified by Germany;

 Residues of medicinal veterinary products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in veal, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, France, Germany and Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella kedougou in raw milk cheese Reblochon, following food poisoning. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have Hepatitis A virus in razor shells from Morocco, norovirus (group I) in frozen boiled saltwater clams from Vietnam, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand, unauthorised genetically modified rice cakes from China, carbendazim in basmati rice from Pakistan and in fresh bell peppers and peppers from Turkey, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen peeled shrimps from India, residue level above MRL for tetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, unauthorised placing on the market (Azadirachta indica) of food supplement from India, malathion in white pea beans from Ethiopia, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, chlorpyriphos-methyl in olives in brine from Egypt, dried apricots from Uzbekistan infested with live larvae of insectsSalmonella spp. in paan leaves and sesame seeds from India and in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil, high content of biogenous amines in frozen dried lizard fish (raw) from Thailand, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans and profenofos, cypermethrin and cyhalothrin and unauthorised substance dichlorvos in beans from Nigeria, too high content of E 211 – sodium benzoate in mango juice drink from Pakistan, absence of health certificate(s) and absence of certified analytical report for sesame and groundnuts paste from China, via Hong Kong, poor temperature control of frozen hens crests from Argentina and of frozen poultry meat from Brazil, aflatoxins in peanuts and groundnuts in shell from China.

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

For food contact materials we have border rejections for absence of declaration of compliance for plastic barrels intended for food contact from Morocco, migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lids of glass jars containing coriander paste from Thailand and migration of chromium, of nickel and of manganese from oil cruet with cork bottle cap from China.

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EFSA helps investigate the source of hepatitis A outbreaks

EFSA is working closely with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Member States to help identify the origin of the recent outbreaks of Hepatitis A virus infection in humans.

The outbreaks occurred in Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Just today the Italian Ministry of Health announced a new case on its website (only available in Italian).

The last update on the epidemiological situation in the European Union by our Ministry (30 September 2013) stated that:

– In 4 countries in Northern Europe (Denmark , Sweden, Norway and Finland) from October 2012 to April 2013 were reported 71 cases , of which 28 confirmed (strain HAV genotype IB sequence KC876797 ) . The source of infection was identified in epidemiological frozen berries, they are still under investigation to determine origin / brand.

– In 6 countries (Denmark , England , Germany, Holland , Norway and Sweden) from November 2012 to April 2013 there were 80 cases of hepatitis A in 15 confirmed (strain HAV genotype IB different from that isolated in the previous outbreak). No specific source of infection has yet been identified , but all cases have traveled to Egypt during the exposure period .

– There were 11 cases of hepatitis A in foreign tourists who stayed in Italy, where, in line at the time of incubation of the disease, could be of exposure.

– Ireland , the Netherlands and France have reported cases of hepatitis A associated with consumption of berries, caused by a virus identical to that of the epidemic Italian, with no history of travel in Italy.

In particular, EFSA will analyse information on the outbreaks provided by Member States. Hepatitis A is an infectious disease that can be transmitted through consumption of contaminated food or water or direct contact with an infectious person.

Mandate: Request to EFSA on scientific assistance in a multinational outbreak of Hepatitis A

See also: EFSA-ECDC joint technical report

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