Food recalls in EU – Week 31/2015

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:

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments (1×1 cm) in chilled soups from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Heavy metals: migration of nickel (1.43 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue cutlery from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of formaldehyde (16.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.7 mg/kg – ppm) from children decorated melamine plates from China, following an official control on the market. Notified from France, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain and Taiwan;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (VTEC O26 vt1) in raw cow’s milk cheese from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (16000 CFU/g) in gorgonzola from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to France and Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (260 CFU/g) in dry ham from France, following company’s own check. Notified from France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in jambon from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

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

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of cadmium (31.46 mg/item) and of lead (352.46 mg/item) from drinking glasses from China, via the United Arab Emirates. Notified by Cyprus;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (>15000 CFU/g) in andouille sausages from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and United Kingdom.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (4.4 mg/kg – ppm) from children decorated melamine plates from China, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 126 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence/25g) in frozen chicken leg quarters from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Malta, distributed also to Belgium, Benin, Congo (Brazzaville), Czech Republic, Gabon, Germany, Mauritania, Montenegro, Morocco, Togo and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • acephate (0.022 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India
  • acetamiprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm), thiamethoxam (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) and carbendazim (0.30 mg/kg – ppm) in cumin seeds from India
  • acetamiprid (0.81 mg/kg – ppm) in habanero hot peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China
  • cypermethrin (1.5 mg/kg – ppm), quinalphos (1.1 mg/kg – ppm), lambda-cyhalothrin (0.98 mg/kg – ppm), imidacloprid (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.086 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.97 mg/kg – ppm) in green cardamon from India
  • fipronil (0.013 mg/kg – ppm) in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • methamidophos (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) migration of chromium (4.4-17.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (37-144 mg/dm²) from knives set with cutting board from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) migration of chromium (up to 0.8 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel basket for vegetable steam-cooking from China
  • poor temperature control (between -8.4 and -11.1 °C) of frozen tuna loins (Thunnus albacares) from Cape Verde
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) (2.8 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) from India
  • Salmonella Kristianstad (presence /25g) and Salmonella Montevideo (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in auto dried hulled sesame seeds and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) in black cardamon from India
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.45 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh beans with pods from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) in papayas from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in sparkling citrus drink from the Philippines
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.091 mg/kg – ppm) in pitted olives in brine from Egypt

Food recalls in EU – Week 32 – 33

These weeks on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have six recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notifications:

– Allergens: undeclared almond in olive with garlic, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Denmark;

– Composition: high content of aluminium in cake flour, following company’s own check. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and Poland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in goat cheese made from raw milk, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in raw goat milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella infantis in frozen marinated chicken breast fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Denmark;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in chorizo, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by France, distributed also to Luxembourg.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow up notifications, followed by a recall from consumers, we find:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus in cream, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Jersey and Guernsey;

– Defective packaging: the lids of the packages does not close tightly in chilled diced bacon, following a consumer complaint. Origin Sweden, notified by Denmark.

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

– Allergens: undeclared shrimp in fish stew, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Composition: high content of aluminium in glass noodles from beans, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Composition: unauthorised substance androstenedione and unauthorised ingredient tetrahydrocanabinol  in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: unauthorised ingredient tetrahydrocanabinol in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notified by Czech Republic;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in raw pistachios, following company’s own check. Origin Iran (via Germany), notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Hong Kong, France, Malta and Switzerland;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus subtilis in flavoured milk, following a consumer’s complaint. Origin Germany, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in frozen meatballs, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in ground chilli powder, following an official control on the market. Origin unknown (via Switzerland and Norway), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Centro African Republic, Gabon, Germany, Italy and Sweden;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen beef, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Macedonia.

Amongst border rejections we have

– aflatoxins in peanut kernels, peanuts with shell, groundnut kernels and blanched peanuts from China, in ground nutmeg from the United States, in pistachio nuts from Iran and Tukey;

– Salmonella in raw salted uncalibrated poultry breast, frozen salted poultry breast and frozen salted chicken from Thailand, in hulled sesame seeds from India and in frog legs from Turkey;

– shelled walnuts from Chile and raisins from India infested with moulds;

– spoilage of and foreign body (stones, small sticks and stalks, fur) in raisins from Pakistan;

– formentanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, endosulfan, cypermethrin and hexaconazole in green beans from the Dominican Republic, chlorpyriphos and diazinon in whole black olives from Egypt

– too high content of sulphite in dried apricot from Uzbekistan;

– poor temperature control of and incorrect labelling on frozen Atlantic cod from China and poor temperature control of frozen squid from Argentina;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen raw shrimps from India;

– unauthorised substance sildenafil in food supplements dispatched from China;

– attempt to illegally import aubergines from Thailand;

– Norovirus in frozen strawberries from China;

– poor state of preservation (strong smell) of and rodent excrements in sweet potatoes from Nigeria;

– benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude soybean oil and non-refined soybean oil from Ukraine;

– too high content of zinc in vinegar from China;

– unauthorised ingredient (Rauwolfia serpentina, Areca catechu, Sida cordifolia, Ipomoea turphetum) and novel food ingredient Mucuna pruriens in various food supplements from India.

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

– Biotoxins: meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale) in hay, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands.

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

Migration of p-tert-butylbenzoic acid (PTBBA) in plastic bags containing candy blood, following a consumer complaint. Origin China (via United Kingdom), notified by Germany;

and border rejections for migration of nickel and of manganese from grill and drip pans from Turkey and biodegradable plates from China unfit for use as food contact material (does not match conditions of use >100°C as on the label).

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