Food recalls in EU is back – Week 7/2016

Dear readers, the weekly articles about EU food recalls is back with a slightly modified format, to be even more immediate. January was an hectic period and I had big changes in my firm: that will lead to better organisation and an enhanced capacity to answer regulatory services requests, but it took me energy and time.

Soon you will have more information via the blog.

This week on EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for food and feed) we can find the following relevant notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

  • Migration of melamine (3.1 mg/l) from melamine bowl from China, via Spain and via Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Luxembourg, Serbia and Slovenia.

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

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (210 CFU/g) in frozen olive focaccia brie oregano from Portugal, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;
  • Metal particles (< 1 cm) in canned tortellini from Austria, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries Concerned Subject Action taken
Denmark Denmark, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 100; Tot. = 160 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts from Turkey placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 13.49 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted hazelnuts from Turkey re-dispatch
United Kingdom Brazil (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 15.7 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts from Brazil use for other purpose than food/feed
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 15.3; Tot. = 16 µg/kg – ppb) in sweet apricot kernels from Turkey informing recipients
Slovenia Commission Services, Hungary, India (O), Slovenia, United States aflatoxins (B1 = 29.5; Tot. = 32.5 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg in shell from India, via the United States
Bulgaria Bulgaria, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 3.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from the United States placed under customs seals
France France, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 3.3; Tot. = 24.1 µg/kg – ppb) in whole organic hazelnut kernels from Turkey return to consignor
Italy Egypt (O), Italy, San Marino (D) aflatoxins (B1 = 38.1; Tot. = 41.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from Egypt placed under customs seals
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 75.9; Tot. = 116.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from Egypt placed under customs seals
Italy Azerbaijan (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 9.5; Tot. = 10.2 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Azerbaijan re-dispatch
Malta China (O), Malta aflatoxins (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 12.0 / B1 = 4.5; Tot. = 5.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanuts from China placed under customs seals
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 32.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnuts from Turkey official detention
Portugal Iran (O), Portugal, Turkey fenpropathrin (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and ethion (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance propargite (0.030 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Iran, via Turkey re-dispatch
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus (presence) in chilled clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus (presence) in chilled clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus in grooved carpet shells (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) in canned cat food from Thailand import not authorised
Netherlands Brazil (O), Netherlands poor temperature control (-14 <–>-6 °C) of frozen salted skinless half chicken breasts from Brazil import not authorised
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) prochloraz (1.5 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
United Kingdom India (O), United Kingdom Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India import not authorised
Cyprus Cyprus, Ukraine (O) Salmonella (presence /25g) and Salmonella Senftenberg (presence /25g) in rapeseed meal from Ukraine official detention
United Kingdom India (O), United Kingdom Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India import not authorised
Germany Germany, Thailand (O) Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken breasts from Thailand re-dispatch
Slovenia India (O), Slovenia Salmonella Isangi (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India placed under customs seals
France Brazil (O), France, Netherlands shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+, stx2- /25g) in chilled boneless beef meat (Bos taurus) from Brazil destruction
Bulgaria Bulgaria, China (O) spoilage of peanuts in shell from China infested with moulds re-dispatch
Spain Spain, Turkey (O) too high content of sulphite (2314-3399 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey re-dispatch
Czech Republic Czech Republic, Vietnam (O) unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.25 mg/kg – ppm), hexaconazole (0.058 mg/kg – ppm), diafenthiuron (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.079 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh chilli peppers from Vietnam official detention

(Source: RASFF Portal)

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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