Food recalls in EU – Week 4 – 2014

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in buckwheat biscuits with almonds, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notification from Slovenia;

Food additives and flavourings: sulphite in mustard, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notification from Luxembourg.

Between the  information for follow-up, we have another recall:

– Composition: monoethylene glycol (MEG) in pita bread, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Poland and Spain.

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

Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in popcorn, following company’s own check. Origin United States, notification from Sweden, distributed also to Finland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in goat cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

Heavy metals: cadmium in fresh spinach, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands and Luxembourg;

Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Germany;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Romania and Spain;

Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, (via) Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Russia, notification from France;

– Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notification from France;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in cake slices, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notification from United Kingdom;

Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

In Italy we have also a seizure of frozen deer meat for shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli. Origin Austria.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil, in fish meal from Morocco, in paan leaves from Bangladesh and in frozen boiled clams from Vietnam. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen beef and boneless beef from Brazil. Aflatoxins in groundnut kernels from China, in pistachio kernels from the United States, via Turkey, in dried figs and dried lerida figs from Turkey. Ochratoxin A in ginger powder from India and in raisins from Uzbekistan. Absence of or improper health certificate for pistachio nuts from Iran, pistachios from Turkey and coconut crackers (containing sticky rice flour 18%) from China. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen hake from Namibia, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen headless shrimps from Bangladesh, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, formetanate and thiophanate-methyl in sweet peppers from Turkey, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, parathion-methyl in chickpeas from India and unauthorised substance dichlorvos  in oloyin beans from Nigeria.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for kitchen utensil (milk frother and turner) from China, via Hong Kong unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201).

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Food recalls in EU – Week 51

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to France, Germany and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to France;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in salmon salad, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France and Luxembourg;

Pesticide residues: carbendazim in white yams, following a company’s own check. Origin Ghana (via Italy), notification from France.

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

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in Guinea hen with duck liver from France, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Spain;

Biotoxins: Azaspiracid Shellfish Poisoning (AZP) toxins in cooked mussels in white wine sauce, following a food poisoning. Origin Netherlands and Denmark, notification from Switzerland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chilled poultry meat, following a company’s own check. Origin Czech Republic and Poland, notification from Poland, distributed also to Bulgaria;

Allergens: traces of egg in tripe sauce, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to Germany;

Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in ready to eat infant food, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Netherlands.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Agona in in frozen poultry meat preparation, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen spiced turkey breasts, Salmonella in frozen spiced turkey medallions and residue levels above MRL for tetracycline and for doxycycline in frozen salted chicken breasts from Brazil, Salmonella in frozen clams from Vietnam and in paan leaves from India, aflatoxins in pistachio in shell from Turkey, in runner groundnut kernels from Brazil, in Jamaican ground pepper from Mauritius and in crushed chilli from India, unauthorised novel food ingredient coriolus versicolor in mushroom blend powder from the United States, mercury in frozen swordfish from South Korea, spoilage and damaged packaging of canned clams from Chile, unauthorised import of fish meal from China, improper health certificate for sunflower oil from Ukraine, for okra from India and for mix of pepper rice and chilli from China, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India, poor temperature control of frozen deep-sea crabs from Brazil, presence of desiccative bag in direct contact with food supplement from the United States, migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lids of glass jars containing green and red curry pastes from Thailand, absence of certified analytical report for almond and almond chocolate butter from the United States, dead insects and excrements of insects in green bell pepper (powder) from China, unauthorised placing on the market (presence of milk powder) of tea from China, parathion-methyl in dried chick peas from India and malathion in dried beans from Egypt.

For food contact material we have a notification of information for follow-up and one of information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers, for:

 too high level of overall migration from pVC wrap film from Switzerland, via Turkey, notification from Greece, following an official control on the market;

– migration of primary aromatic amines from plastic kitchen utensil from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia.

For feed we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a recall from consumers;

– Salmonella Newport, paratyphi b and  typhimurium in frozen cat food from the Netherlands. Notification from Belgium.