Food recalls in EU – Week 25/2015

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:

Allergens: undeclared soya and celery  in canned vegetable ravioli in tomato & herb sauce from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Heavy metals: migration of cadmium (mean value 0.63 mg/item) and of lead (mean value: 5.6 mg/item) from tumblers from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Estonia, Russia and Ukraine;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in sausages from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine (56 mg/kg – ppm) in cupcakes from South Africa, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: cranberry juice from Denmark infested with moulds, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient, soya and lactose in acai ice covered with chocolate from Slovakia, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient (protein: 7.2; 13.5 mg/kg – ppm) in biscuits with orange jelly from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Spain;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in chilled raw pork meat from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (B1: 2319.84; sum of FB1, FB2: 2642.47 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (140/g) in cheese with bacon from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes ( in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in chilled ham from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Switzerland and United Kingdom.

4. Seizures:

– In Norway we had a seizure for unauthorised placing on the market of cod liver oil, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– In United Kingdom, we had a seizure for illegal import of mint from Vietnam, following a border control. Notified by United Kingdom.

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.092 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21.50; Tot. = 23.58 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Turkey and from Iran, via Turkey (Tot. = 47.5 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 251; Tot. = 284 µg/kg – ppb) in rice from Thailand
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China
  • clothianidin (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • dried apricots from Turkey infested with moulds
  • fenamiphos (0.167 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • live insects in basmati rice from India
  • mandipropamid (0.052 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pea pods from Kenya
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (6.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (2.2 mg/kg – ppm) from steel tools for barbecue from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) too high content of chromium (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in tongs for spaghetti from China
  • omethoate (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in mangos from Brazil
  • poor temperature control (>-12 °C) of frozen chicken from Ukraine
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel/paan leaves, sesame seeds and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx+ and eae+) in chilled boneless beef from Brazil
  • unauthorised irradiation (thermoluminescence) of red rice extract from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in black tea from China
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.3 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruits
  • unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.017 mg/kg – ppm) in papayas from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria

Slovakia TRIS notification – Voluntary labelling steviol glycosides

English: Stevia rebaudiana flowers
English: Stevia rebaudiana flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The draft decree lays down the voluntary labelling requirements for the purposes of providing the consumer with better information about foodstuffs containing steviol glycosides.

The aim of the draft decree is to lay down the requirements for the labelling of foodstuffs containing the food additive steviol glycosides (E 960). These requirements are based on Commission Regulation (EU) 1131/2011 of 11 November 2011 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives with regard to steviol glycosides, which, with a view to practical requirements, allowed for the use of this natural zero-energy sweetener in the production of energy-reduced products. This additive is an extract from the plant Stevia rebaudiana and has been included among food additives. On the basis of the above, the labelling must not indicate that a product is sweetened with stevia; instead, it must indicate that it is sweetened with a sweetener obtained from stevia, i.e. steviol glycosides or a component thereof with the food additive number E 960. This decree defines the specific words that may be used to describe foodstuffs containing steviol glycosides.

Here are some articles:

Art. 3

(1)               If steviol glycosides have been used for the production of a foodstuff, the words referred to in special regulations shall be indicated on the labelling,[1]) and, for the purposes of informing the consumer, the words below may be used in the labelling of this foodstuff

a)      “with steviol glycosides”, if the steviol glycosides contain no less than 95% by weight of stevioside, rebaudiosides A, B, C, D, E or F, steviolbioside, rubusoside and dulcoside in the dry matter of the steviol glycosides,

b)      “with rebaudioside A”, if the steviol glycosides contain no less than 95% by weight of rebaudioside in the dry matter of the steviol glycosides,

c)      “with stevioside”, if the steviol glycosides contain no less than 95% by weight of stevioside in the dry matter of the steviol glycosides,

d)     “with steviol glycosides obtained from stevia”, where the words “from stevia” may be replaced with the words “from stevia extract” or “extract from the leaves of stevia”,

e)      “with steviol glycosides of plant origin” or “with steviol glycosides from a plant source”,

f)      “with steviol glycosides naturally occurring in the leaves of stevia”.

(2)               The words referred to in 1 a) to f) may not be used in the information on the composition of a foodstuff containing steviol glycosides.

(3)               The labelling of a foodstuff containing steviol glycosides may include a graphical or image representation of the stevia plant or a part thereof only if the words referred to in 1 a) to f) are indicated close to the representation.

Art. 4  

A foodstuff containing steviol glycosides may be placed on the market in packaging manufactured before 1 March 2014, which does not comply with the requirements under this decree, until stocks are exhausted, but no later than on the use-by date indicated on the packaging.

Art. 5

The requirements under this decree shall not apply to products that have been manufactured or placed on the market in another Member State or in Turkey or placed on the market in accordance with the law of a Member State of the European Free Trade Association, which is at the same time a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

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Art. 7

This decree shall enter into force on 1 March 2014.


[1]) § 10(5) of Decree No 127/2012

Regulation (EC) No 1333/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 354, 31.12.2008), as amended.