Food recalls in EU – Week 35/2014

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: Listeria Monocytogenes in salads with pasta, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten, egg and mustard in burger saucefollowing company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France.

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

– Biotoxins: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in chilled scallops, following an official control on the market. Origin Norway, notified by Norway, distributed also to Netherlands and Spain;

– Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite in dried apricot, following a border control. Origin Uzbekistan, notified by Latvia, distributed also to Poland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Iran (via Poland), notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in ham, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Denmark and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in enoki mushrooms, following company’s own check. Origin South Korea, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked halibut fillets, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by France;

– Pesticide residues: carbendazim in pitahaya, following company’s own check. Origin Vietnam, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia and Switzerland.

In Italy we have also a seizure of frozen kebab from Germany, due to the presence of Salmonella.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachios from Iran, in crushed ground chilli powder from India and in ground nutmeg from Indonesia (via United States);

– too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, unauthorised animal ingredient (egg white) and unauthorised use of colour E 132 – indigotine / indigo carmine in noodles from Japan;

– unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in and insufficient labelling (tartrazine E102) of sugar coated fennel seeds from India;

– shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand;

– norovirus in frozen cooked whole brown clams from Vietnam;

– unauthorised genetically modified (Cry1Ab) rice vermicelli from China;

– chlorpyriphos, dimethomorph, boscalid, kresoxim-methyl, pyraclostrobin and metrafenone in pickled vine leaves from Turkey;

– triazophos, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in green tea from Turkey;

– methomyl and thiodicarb in sweet peppers from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried prunes from Uzbekistan;

– residue level above MRL for copper in vine leaves from Turkey;

histamine in frozen yellowfin tuna from Panama;

– poor temperature control of frozen shrimps from Peru and of frozen octopus and white grouper from Mauritania;

– dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls in palm kernel fatty acid disillate from Malaysia;

– absence of health certificate(s) for chilled seabream from Senegal unfit for human consumption;

– sunflower meal from Ukraine infested with moulds (visible mould growth on the surface and inside the product, color changed to greygreen with brown and green spots, repulsive odor).

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

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of formaldehyde and of melamine from melamine boards from China and melamine plates from Hong Kong. Outer coating coming off from knives from China.

Related articles

Food Recalls in EU – Week 35

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in oak smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, distributed also in Italy and Zimbabwe.

– Packaging defective: risk of breakage of bottles containing ginger beer, cola and dandelion and burdock soft drinks, following consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, distribute also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden.

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

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notification from Germany.

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella group B in chicken kebab, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, distributed also to Italy.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cow milk cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, distributed also to Belgium, French Polynesia and Germany.

Composition: unauthorised colours Sudan 1 and Sudan 2 in powder seasoning, following company’s own check. Origin Senegal, notification from the Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, Finland, Germay, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen poultry meat from Brazil, unauthorised placing on the market (Sida cordifolia, Rauwolfia serpentina) of and unauthorised novel food ingredient Mucuna pruriens in food supplement from India, E 425 – konjac unauthorised in jelly candies from Vietnam, unauthorised genetically modified organic rice protein powder from China, aflatoxins in pistachios from Turkey and Iran, and in groundnuts from Brazil, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in tea from Morocco, spoilage of pasta and inshell peanuts from China infested with moulds.