Food recalls in EU – Week 27-28/2015

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 gluten and egg in cream of potato & spinach soup from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified from United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland and Italy;

– Allergens: traces of almond in hot paprika and chili powder from China, following company’s own check. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Albania, Cyprus and Germany;

– Allergens: undeclared sulphite (17.0 mg/kg – ppm) in sweets from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten, soya, nuts and lactose (ingredients list in Danish, Finnish and Swedish is missing on the label) in icecream from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in tofu basilico from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: rat droppings in breakfast cereals from the United Kingdom, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Norway;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of primary aromatic amines (7.48; 0.005; 0.009 mg/kg – ppm) from plastic kitchenware from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Slovakia;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of aluminium (32.8; 14.7 mg/l) from ceramic balls from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: patulin (147 µg/kg – ppb) in apple juice from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France.

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

– Foreign bodies: rodent (mouse tail) in chocolate and hazelnut muesli from Belgium, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Denmark;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: hazelnut kernels from Sweden infested with mouldsfollowing a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Iceland;

– Non pathogenic micro organisms: chilled diced or shredded chicken and pork products from Poland infested with yeastsfollowing a company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Greenland, Germany and Faeroe Islands;

– Pesticides residues: chlorpyrifos (2.3 mg/kg – ppm) in celery from Laos, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: sulfonamide (865 µg/kg – ppb) unauthorised in honey from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom;

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of almond in sauces from the Netherlands, following a company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Curacao, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Allergens: traces of milk (20 mg/kg – ppm) in marzipan with honey and chocolate from Germany, via Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovenia, distributed also to Croatia, Estonia, France, Poland and Slovakia;

– Composition: high content of aluminium (253 mg/kg – ppm) in glass noodles from Vietnam, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to France;

– Heavy metals: cadmium (0.362 mg/kg – ppm) and mercury (4.45 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Ireland;

– Industrial contaminants: sum of dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls (22 pg WHO TEQ/g) in eggs from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pesticide residues: chlorpyrifos (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen broccoli from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia.

4. Seizures:

In Italy we had seizures of stainless steel knives from China for migration of chromium (18.3 mg/l) and of manganese (1.1 mg/l), of complete feed for aquaculture for presence of ruminant DNA and of chilled swordfish loins (Xiphias gladius) from Spain for presence of mercury (1.9 mg/kg – ppm)following official controls on the market.

We had also a seizure

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for egusi melon seeds from Nigeria and for emu oil capsules and liquid emu oil from the United States, via Canada
  • absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for dried beans from Nigeria
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 103; Tot. = 119 / B1 = 21.4; Tot. = 25.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and in pistachio kernels (Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.6; Tot. = 15.4 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell, in unshelled peanuts (B1 = 5.4; Tot. = 17.9 µg/kg – ppb), in groundnuts kernels (B1 = 12.2; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 95 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 162.6; Tot. = 242.9 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut chips from Nigeria
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.85; Tot. = 11.84 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.1 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28; Tot. = 31 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled pistachios, in pistachios in shell (B1 = 82.8; Tot. = 89 µg/kg – ppb) and in shelled almonds (B1 = 15 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 89.4; Tot. = 93.9 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (45 µg/kg – ppb) in and absence of labelling on mixed spices from Kuwait
  • attempt to illegally import dried beans from Nigeria
  • chlorpyrifos (0.12 mg/kg – ppm), cyhalothrin (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.32 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • endosulfan (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and buprofezin (0.60 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from South Korea
  • FCM: migration of cadmium (0.453 mg/dm²) from ceramic spoons from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (672 mg/kg – ppm) from wine stopper from China, via Hong Kong
  • high counts of coliforms (160000 CFU/g) and of Enterobacteriaceae (170000 CFU/g) in peanut kernels from Turkey
  • fenitrothion (0.05 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • mercury (1.893 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled tuna from Ecuador
  • peanuts in shell from China infested with moulds and with mites
  • poor temperature control (-4.9; -6.7; -5.5 °C) of frozen whole chicken from Ukraine, (+6 <–> 11 °C) of chilled fish from Pakistan, (+8.8; 6.8; 7.4; 6.6; 7.0 °C) of chilled swordfish (Xiphias gladius) and (> -12 °C) of frozen boneless beef meat (Bos taurus) from Chile, of chilled fish from India, (-3.5<–> -10.4 °C) of frozen shimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Malaysia and (-7.6, – 8.2, – 7.8, – 8.5, -10.8, -7.1 °C) of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Sri Lanka
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in paan/betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken, in frozen salted chicken preparation and in frozen salted boneless skinless chicken breasts from Thailand
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine (0.08 %) and unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF (0.005 %) and of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC (0.08 %) in canned preserved vegetables from Mexico
  • unauthorised colour Sudan 4 (0.8 mg/kg – ppm) in palm oil from Ghana

Food recalls in EU – Week 13 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have five recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notification:

Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite in chilled sausage roll, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, notified by Ireland;

– Biotoxins: Amnesic Shellfish poisoning (ASP) in clams, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Italy and Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in gorgonzola cheese, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by Spain, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in food supplement – moringo powder, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austra, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in sausages with wild boar, following a consumer complaint. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to United Kingdom;

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

– Pesticide residues: methidathion in fresh oranges, following company’s own check. Origin Tunisia, notified by France;

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in raspberry marshmallow fluff, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Malta.

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

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in gluten free maize, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Slovenia;

– Composition: unauthorised substance androstenedione in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: Aflatoxins in pistachios, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Germany), notified by Slovakia;

– Mycotoxins: Aflatoxins in mixed spices, following a border control. Origin Pakistan (via United Kingdom), notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in frozen raspberry, following company’s own check. Origin China, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in oysters, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by Denmark;

 Heavy metals: mercury in frozen slices of skinned mako, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen mako, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal (processed in Spain), notified by Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Estonia, notified by Czech Republic.

In Italy we had an information for attention for a food poisoning: botulinum in vegetables soup. Origin from Italy. Not distributed to other countries. We had also a seizure of frozen swordfish fillets for presence of heavy metals: mercury. Origin Spain.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in sesame seeds and in paan leaves from India, aflatoxins in pistachio from the United States, pistachio kernels from Iran and nutmeg from Indonesia, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef meat from Argentina. Absence of health certificate(s) for peanuts, rice porridge, GM rice and rice crackers from China, and expired health certificate(s) for organic dried figs from Turkey. Attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh, undeclared and too high content of sulphite in dried mango slices from Lebanon and in dried apricots from Turkey, raisins from India infested with moulds, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, acephate in basmati rice from India and residues above MRL for oxytetracycline in cooked shrimps from Vietnam. Unauthorised irradiation of food supplement from Russia, unauthorised novel food ingredient indole-3-carbinol (in pure form) in food supplement from the United States, unauthorised novel food ingredient Hoodia gordonii and novel food ingredient Tuckahoe (Peltranda virgilica) in slimming coffee from Thailand and lufenuron and unauthorised substances diafenthiuron and chlorfluazuron in green tea from China.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have an alert, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Heavy metals: migration of cadmium and lead from glass with gold rim, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Germany.

About border rejections, we have migration of chromium from knives and spatula for grill from China. Migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon skimmer from China (via Hong Kong) and migration of chromium, nickel and manganese from kitchen set in steel from China.

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