Food recalls in EU – Week 45/2015

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:

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.836 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 1.9; Tot. = 4.5 / B1 = 33; Tot. = 36 / B1 = 22; Tot. = 23 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Bolivia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 54.3; Tot. = 98.6 / B1 = 39.6; Tot. = 70.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, hazelnuts kernels (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 48 µg/kg – ppb) and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 2.8; Tot. = 3 / B1 = 23.6; Tot. = 24.5 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19 µg/kg – ppb) in melon seeds from Togo
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.14 / B1 = 2.56 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and blanched groundnuts (B1 = 6.8 / B1 = 6.7 µg/kg – ppb) from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 49.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut halva from Ukraine
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6.4; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina
  • attempt to illegally import (invalid health certificate) organic dried figs from Turkey
  • bifenthrin (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.82 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • E 407 – carrageenan unauthorised in jelly mini cups from Malaysia
  • FEED: improper health certificate(s) for dried pet food (chicken and rice and lamb flavor with rice) from South Africa
  • fenitrothion (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.4; 0.6 mg/kg – ppm) from kitchen scissors from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (9; 0.5 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (27 mg/dm²) from kitchen knives from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of formaldehyde (< 19 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.31; 6.61; 6.17 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine dinner plate from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of manganese (0.120 mg/kg – ppm) from steel grill from China
  • fosthiazate (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • missing import declaration for frozen flatbread dough from Pakistan infested with moulds
  • peanuts in shell from China infested with insects (Pyralidae(moths), cocoons, live pests and frass)
  • poor temperature control (-11; -10; -14 °C) of frozen sardines (Sardina pilchardus) from Morocco
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparations from Argentina
  • too high content of sulphite (2429 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey

Food recalls in EU/Week 38

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Rissen in chlorella powder, following company’s own check. Origin China (via United Kingdom), notified by Netherlands;

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in chocolate bars, following a consumer complaint. Origin Finland, notified by Finland, distributed also to Sweden.

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in quorn cordon bleu, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, notified by Belgium;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in cocoa bean powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms: Clostridium perfringens and high aerobic plate count in beans and chickpeas, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified from Norway;

 Pesticide residues: omethoate and unauthorised substance carbofuran in fresh aubergines, following company’s own check. Origin Malaysia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Finland and Germany;

– Pesticide residues: pyraclostrobin in fresh scarole, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pesticide residues: chlorpyriphos in turnips, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pesticide residues: methomyl in papaya, following company’s own check. Origin Malaysia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to France and Germany;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substace chloramphenicol in frozen shrimps, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachios, shelled pistachios and in pistachio kernels from Iran, in shelled almonds from Australia, in blanched groundnut kernels from China, in blanched runner groundnuts from Brazil and in ground chilli powder from India;

– Salmonella spp. in betel/paan leaves from India;

– peanuts from China infested with insects;

– chlorpyriphoscyhalothrin and unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oil seeds from Nigeria;

– abnormal smell of black pepper from Vietnam infested with moulds;

– difenoconazole in broccoli from China;

– improper import declaration for frozen fish filets tilapia from China and absence of health certificate(s) for fish oil Omega 3 from the United States;

– mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt;

– anthraquinone in green tea from China.

For feed, we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Composition: high content of selenium in complete feed for piglets, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

and a border rejection for high count of Enterobacteriaceae in fish meal from Mauritania.

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of primary aromatic amines from slotted spoons from China.

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