Food recalls in EU – Week 52

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp in dried sausages, following a company’s own check. Origin Spain, notification from France;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in mint flavour dark chocolate 70%, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Slovenia.

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

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella infantis in chicken donner pieces, following a company’s own check. Origin Romania, notification from France;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in ground hot paprika, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey, notification from Austria, distributed also to Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen and chilled boneless beef from Brazil, aflatoxins in pistachios and almonds kernel infested with larvae of insects from Turkey, cypermethrin in dried beans from Madagascar, pyridalyl in chilled strawberries from Egypt, dead insects and excrements of insects in whole red chillies and basmati rice from India, histamine in frozen tuna from Vietnam and  chloramphenicol in frozen crayfish from China.

For food contact material we have a border rejection for migration of chromium from pizza cutters from China.

For feed we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

TSE’s: presence of ruminant DNA in pork blood powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notification from France.

Food recalls in EU – Week 48

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

– Allergens: undeclared nuts in pesto sauce (pesto verde), following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to United Kingdom;

 Composition: unauthorised 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notification from Spain, distributed also to Netherlands.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from the consumers:

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: mould infestation in lemon dressing, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Spain, distributed also to Guinea;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ham onion salami, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in yellow noodles, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from Cyprus.

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

– Pesticides residues: dimethoate in mango, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from France, distributed also to Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled speck, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notification from France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled chili sausage, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in onion flavoured meat spread, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in dried figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Slovakia), notification from Austria;

Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Italy), notification from Slovenia.

In Spain we have also a seizure of frozen swordfish from Mozambique for presence of mercury, following an official control on the market.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen cooked clams (Meretrix spp) and frozen Venus clams from Vietnam, Salmonella Weltevreden in fresh centella (Centella asiatica) from Sri Lanka, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in groundnuts from Egypt, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen boneless bovine meat from Brazil, missing import declaration for curry leaves from India, unauthorised substance carbofuran in pomelo from China, unauthorised novel food ingredient Terminalia chebulain in sugar syrup and Phyllanthus emblica in gooseberry sugar syrup from Pakistan, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in brown beans from Nigeria, dead insects and live insects in dried figs from Turkey infested with larvae of insects.

For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of nickel from stainless coffee makers from India, migration of chromium and of manganese from kitchen utensils from China, too high level of overall migration from gloves in latex/nitril from Malaysia and  from plastic cups from China, migration of chromium and of  manganese and too high level of overall migration from steel knive from Brazil and migration of formaldehyde and of melamine  from melamine tableware sets from China.