Food recalls in EU – Week 45/2015

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:

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.836 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 1.9; Tot. = 4.5 / B1 = 33; Tot. = 36 / B1 = 22; Tot. = 23 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Bolivia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 54.3; Tot. = 98.6 / B1 = 39.6; Tot. = 70.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, hazelnuts kernels (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 48 µg/kg – ppb) and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 2.8; Tot. = 3 / B1 = 23.6; Tot. = 24.5 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19 µg/kg – ppb) in melon seeds from Togo
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.14 / B1 = 2.56 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and blanched groundnuts (B1 = 6.8 / B1 = 6.7 µg/kg – ppb) from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 49.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut halva from Ukraine
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6.4; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina
  • attempt to illegally import (invalid health certificate) organic dried figs from Turkey
  • bifenthrin (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.82 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • E 407 – carrageenan unauthorised in jelly mini cups from Malaysia
  • FEED: improper health certificate(s) for dried pet food (chicken and rice and lamb flavor with rice) from South Africa
  • fenitrothion (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.4; 0.6 mg/kg – ppm) from kitchen scissors from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (9; 0.5 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (27 mg/dm²) from kitchen knives from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of formaldehyde (< 19 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.31; 6.61; 6.17 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine dinner plate from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of manganese (0.120 mg/kg – ppm) from steel grill from China
  • fosthiazate (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • missing import declaration for frozen flatbread dough from Pakistan infested with moulds
  • peanuts in shell from China infested with insects (Pyralidae(moths), cocoons, live pests and frass)
  • poor temperature control (-11; -10; -14 °C) of frozen sardines (Sardina pilchardus) from Morocco
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparations from Argentina
  • too high content of sulphite (2429 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 12/2015

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:

– Additives and flavorings/Allergens: undeclared sulphite (1260 mg/kg – ppm) in candy preserved tamarind from Thailand, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland;

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins (200 µg/kg – ppb) in mussels (Mytilus edulis) from Ireland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to France.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Additives and flavorings/Allergens: undeclared sulphite (34 mg/kg – ppm) in blueberry jam from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (0.304 mg/kg – ppm) and scopolamine (0.358 mg/kg – ppm) in millet dumplings from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (0.481 mg/kg – ppm) and scopolamine (0.533 mg/kg – ppm) in millet dumplings from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2.5 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 12; Tot. = 18 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted chopped hazelnuts from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Estonia, Iceland and Switzerland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (Tot. = 9.4 µg/kg – ppb) in dried white beans from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in turmeric powder (Curcuma longa) from India, following an official control on the market. Notified from Netherlands, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in raw milk camembert from Belgium, with raw material from France, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for melon seeds from Nigeria
  • acetamiprid (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 74 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 135.39; Tot. = 187.54 / B1 = 125.13; Tot. = 188.18 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, via Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 95.7; Tot. = 113 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.4; Tot. = 21.7 / B1 = 16.2; Tot. = 22.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanut kernels from China
  • ethion (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbaryl (0.056 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from Thailand
  • fipronil (0.011 mg/kg – ppm) in yardlong beans from the Dominican Republic
  • formetanate (1.074 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • groundnuts in shell from Egypt infested with insects
  • imidacloprid (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from Morocco
  • iprodione (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • irradiation in an unauthorised facility of ground nutmeg kosher from India, via Israel
  • poor temperature control (-8.0; -7.8; -8.8 °C) of frozen octopus (Octopus spp) from India
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (1.54 µg/kg – ppb) in casings from Turkey
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen chicken meat preparations (Gallus domesticus) from Brazil and in frozen salted chicken breast fillets and boneless skinless legs from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) in food supplement from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.490 mg/kg – ppm) in oranges from Turkey
  • unsuitable organoleptic characteristics and poor hygienic state of chilled white grouper (Epinephelus aeneus) from Senegal