Food recalls in EU – Week 11 – 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 notification:

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins in cooked mussel meat, following food poisoning. Origin Ireland and Netherlands, notified by Ireland, distributed also to Italy;

– Foreign bodies: two sharp plastic fragments in figbread with almonds, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria.

We have also three recalls, following information for attention and information for follow up notification:

– Non-pathogenic microorganisms: moulds in strawberry flavoured cakes, following a consumer complaint. Origin Italy, notified by Greece;

– Novel food: unauthorised novel food ingredient 3,3 diindolylmethane (DIM) (synthetic) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Finland (with raw material from France), notified by Finland, distributed also to Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate termal processing (prawns) of seafood sandwich filler with prawns, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom (with raw material from Iceland), notified by United Kingdom, distributed  also to Gibraltar.

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

– Allergens: undeclared sesame in flavouring, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic (via Poland), notified by Slovakia;

– Allergens: undeclared sesame in chocolate muffin, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Slovakia;

– Allergens: undeclared mustard in chilled spare ribs sate, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in oysters, following food poisoning. Origin France, notified by Denmark;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in frozen brie and camembert, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia Coli in live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Greece, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled pasteurised sheep’s milk chees, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

We have also a seizure of choline chloride 60% corn cob from China for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63) rice. Notified from Bulgaria.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry meat and turkey meat preparation from Brazil, in sesame seed from India and in paan leaves from Bangladesh. Norovirus in frozen, cooked and boiled clams, cooked  from Vietnam. Aflatoxins in pistachio nuts and in pistachio kernels from Iran, in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in blanched peanuts from China. Groundnuts in shell from Egypt infested with moulds and dead insects and excrements of insects in dried raisins from India infested with moulds. Absence of health certificate(s) for groundnut chikki from India and for nougat with pistachios from Iran. Fenitrothion in olives from Egypt, formetanate in chilled sweet peppers and fresh peppers from Turkey and clofentezine in peppers from Turkey. Spoilage of chilled white grouper from Senegal, unauthorised substance sibutramine in slimming coffee from Thailand and United States, unauthorised placing on the market (Bidens andicola, Chuquiraga jussieui, Equisetum bogotense, Equisetum giganteum, Lasiocephalus ovatus, Piper carpunya and Tropaeolum tuberosum) of herbal infusions from Ecuador, tebuconazole, tolfenpyrad, flonicamid, flubendiamide, diflubenzuron and chlorantraniliprole and unauthorised substance dinotefuran in green tea from Japan, lufenuron and hexaflumuron in green tea from China and cadmium in frozen octopur.

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

– Heavy metals: unauthorised feed additive cobalt proteinate in feed for goldfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by France.

For food contact materials we don’t  have any important notification this week.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 47

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

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cream cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Germany, Japan, Norway and Poland.

 Biocontaminants: histamine in anchovies in olive oil, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notification from Switzerland, distributed also to France.

– Foreign bodies (paracetamol 500mg with codein tablet) in ice cream cones, following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland. That’s case it’s quite strange, and I’m sure you have all read of it on the newspapers, probably the cause is a sabotage from an unhappy worker…here a link to a press release.

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

Pesticides residues: fenamiphos in cocktail tomatoes, following company’s own check. Origin Spain (via Netherlands), notification from Sweden.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw cow milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Netherlands.

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in live mussels, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Spain.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in paan leaves and in curry leaves from India, absence of health certificate in peanut biscuits from India and in almonds in shell from the United States, unshelled chestnuts from Algeria (via Tunisia) and red raisins from China infested with insects, an attempt attempt to illegally import frozen boneless beef from Uruguay, aflatoxins in dried figs and in dried fruit mix from Turkey, malathion and carbendazim  in fresh peppers from Turkey, methidathion in pomelo from China and histamine in frozen pre-cooked skipjack tuna loins and flakes from Vietnam.

For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of chromium from dies for meat grinder from Hong Kong and from stainless steel kitchen knives from China (via Hong Kong), too high level of overall migration from plastic dishes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and inner coating peeling off from baking pans from China.