Food recalls in EU – Week 40/2015

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:

  • Foreign bodies: rubber seal in chocolate from the United Kingdom, manufactured in Switzerland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Iceland

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) and absence of certified analytical report for shelled hazelnuts from Turkey
  • absence of health certificate(s) for groundnuts from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 11.8 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels and (Tot. = 13.35 µg/kg – ppb) in diced roasted hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts for birdfeeding from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 50; Tot. = 70 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and (B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 9.2 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from China
  • chlorpyrifos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • diphenylamine (0.24 mg/kg – ppm) in pears from Argentina
  • excessive humidity of black pepper seeds (Piper nigrum) from Brazil infested with moulds
  • excessive humidity of pepper from India infested with moulds
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): inner coating peeling off from carbon steel cookware set from China
  • FCM (FoodContact Materials): too high level of overall migration (308 mg/kg – ppm) from nitrile gloves from Malaysia
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials):migration of chromium (12.79; 9.48; 7.16 mg/kg – ppm) from vegetable slicer from Japan
  • malathion (1.1 mg/kg – ppm) in dried parsley from Egypt, via Turkey
  • mercury (0.17 mg/kg – ppm) in sugar beet pulp pellets from Russia
  • myclobutanil (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Derby (presence /25g) and Salmonella Lexington (presence /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • shelled almonds from the United States infested with larvae of insects
  • spoilage of and unsuitable transport conditions for dried ginger from India
  • unauthorised and undeclared E 954 – saccharin in juice drink from Russia

Food recalls in EU – Week 22 -2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in fresh rucola, following company’s own check. Origin Norway with raw materials from Germany (via Denmark), notified by Norway.

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

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins in mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Greece, notified by Greece, distributed also to Italy;

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in frozen mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by France;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in cake with lemon creme, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Slovenia;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in rice and corn snack with cheddar flavour, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Hungary and Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked haring in vegetable oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Hungary.

We have also a seizure, following an information for follow up notification, of food supplements from United States, because of the presence of unauthorised novel food ingredient Synsepalum dulcificum. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have Salmonella Spp. in turkey meat preparations from Brazil, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb from New Zealand, aflatoxins  in pistachio nuts with shell and in pistachio kernels from Iran, in groundnuts from China, in blanched groundnuts and groundnuts kernels from Brazil, in boiled dried figs from Turkey and in whole chilli peppers from India. Carbendazim  in fresh peppers from Turkey, dried sultanas from Iran infested with insects (cockroaches and spiders), benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sardinellas from Ghana, mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt, cadmium in frozen pacific saury from Taiwan, in frozen squids from Argentina and in frozen whole cooked mussels from Chile. Too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in dehydrated pineapple core from Thailand, unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in noodles from Malaysia, E 521 – aluminium sodium sulphate unauthorised in frozen prefried breaded prawns from Vietnam, residue levels above MRL for ciprofloxacin and for oxytetracycline in frozen peeled raw shrimps from Vietnam, unauthorised novel food ingredient clinoptilolite and unauthorised substances yohimbine, synephrine, 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and methylsynephrine in food supplements from the United States.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Blockley in dog chews, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Sweden.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Migration: inner coating peeling off  from baking moulds, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, France and United Kingdom.

We have also border rejections for migration of chromium from stainless steel kettle for boiling milk from China, via Hong Kong, and from inox knives from China.

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