Food recalls in EU – Week 5 – 2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked trout fillets, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium (via Denmark), notification from France, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in gorgonzola cheese, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notification from Switzerland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in blanched almonds, following an official control on the market. Origin Australia (via Netherlands), notification from Finland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chicken, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

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

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in ground black pepper, following an official control on the market. Origin from Poland/Vietnam, notification from Poland, distributed also to Ireland and United Kingdom;

– Composition: high content of iodine in canned seaweed in spicy marinade, following an official control on the market. Origin Belarus (via Latvia), notification from Germany;

Feed additives: unauthorised substance clopidol in frozen chicken breasts fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Brazil (via Netherlands), notification from United Kingdom;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ground beef meat, following company’s own check. Origin Ireland, notification from Sweden.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen salted chickenbreasts from Thailand, Salmonella Heidelberg frozen spiced turkey half breast and in frozen poultry meat from Brazil. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen bovine meat from Brazil. Aflatoxins in  peanut kernels from China and groundnut runner from Brazil. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia. Poor temperature control of frozen octopus from Peru, frozen hake and frozen crabs from Uruguay. Unauthorised food additive cellulose acetate phtalate in food supplement from Israel, unauthorised novel food ingredient Stevia rebaudiana in food supplements from the United States and unauthorised irradiation of Cassia nomame extract from China. High content of aluminium in vermicilli from China. Spoilage of black pepper from Sri Lanka. Unauthorised use of  colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in groundnut crackers from China. Absence of health certificate(s) for groundnut chikki from India roasted peanuts without shell and peanut butter from Ghana. Undeclared sulphite in dehydrated carrots from China, via Ukraine, and in dried apricots from Turkey.

For feed, we have the following alert notification and withdrawal from the market of the product:

– Industrial contaminants: dioxins in fish oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Lithuania, notification from Latvia.

For food contact materials we have some withdrawals from the market for too high level of overall migration from lid of jars containing pesto sauce and anchovy fillets from Italy, and for migration of formaldehyde from melamine bowls from Hong Kong.

About border rejections we have migration of formaldehyde from melamine ladles from Taiwan and migration of chromium, nickel and manganese from kitchen and barbecue utensils from China.

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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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