Food recalls in EU – Week 22 -2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have on recall from consumers in EU in the information for attention notifications:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in fresh rucola, following company’s own check. Origin Norway with raw materials from Germany (via Denmark), notified by Norway.

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

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins in mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Greece, notified by Greece, distributed also to Italy;

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in frozen mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by France;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in cake with lemon creme, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Slovenia;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in rice and corn snack with cheddar flavour, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Hungary and Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked haring in vegetable oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Hungary.

We have also a seizure, following an information for follow up notification, of food supplements from United States, because of the presence of unauthorised novel food ingredient Synsepalum dulcificum. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have Salmonella Spp. in turkey meat preparations from Brazil, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb from New Zealand, aflatoxins  in pistachio nuts with shell and in pistachio kernels from Iran, in groundnuts from China, in blanched groundnuts and groundnuts kernels from Brazil, in boiled dried figs from Turkey and in whole chilli peppers from India. Carbendazim  in fresh peppers from Turkey, dried sultanas from Iran infested with insects (cockroaches and spiders), benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sardinellas from Ghana, mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt, cadmium in frozen pacific saury from Taiwan, in frozen squids from Argentina and in frozen whole cooked mussels from Chile. Too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in dehydrated pineapple core from Thailand, unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in noodles from Malaysia, E 521 – aluminium sodium sulphate unauthorised in frozen prefried breaded prawns from Vietnam, residue levels above MRL for ciprofloxacin and for oxytetracycline in frozen peeled raw shrimps from Vietnam, unauthorised novel food ingredient clinoptilolite and unauthorised substances yohimbine, synephrine, 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and methylsynephrine in food supplements from the United States.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Blockley in dog chews, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Sweden.

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

– Migration: inner coating peeling off  from baking moulds, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, France and United Kingdom.

We have also border rejections for migration of chromium from stainless steel kettle for boiling milk from China, via Hong Kong, and from inox knives from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 4 – 2014

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in buckwheat biscuits with almonds, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notification from Slovenia;

Food additives and flavourings: sulphite in mustard, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notification from Luxembourg.

Between the  information for follow-up, we have another recall:

– Composition: monoethylene glycol (MEG) in pita bread, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Poland and Spain.

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

Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in popcorn, following company’s own check. Origin United States, notification from Sweden, distributed also to Finland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in goat cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

Heavy metals: cadmium in fresh spinach, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands and Luxembourg;

Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Germany;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Romania and Spain;

Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, (via) Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Russia, notification from France;

– Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notification from France;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in cake slices, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notification from United Kingdom;

Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

In Italy we have also a seizure of frozen deer meat for shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli. Origin Austria.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil, in fish meal from Morocco, in paan leaves from Bangladesh and in frozen boiled clams from Vietnam. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen beef and boneless beef from Brazil. Aflatoxins in groundnut kernels from China, in pistachio kernels from the United States, via Turkey, in dried figs and dried lerida figs from Turkey. Ochratoxin A in ginger powder from India and in raisins from Uzbekistan. Absence of or improper health certificate for pistachio nuts from Iran, pistachios from Turkey and coconut crackers (containing sticky rice flour 18%) from China. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen hake from Namibia, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen headless shrimps from Bangladesh, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, formetanate and thiophanate-methyl in sweet peppers from Turkey, malathion in fresh peppers from Turkey, parathion-methyl in chickpeas from India and unauthorised substance dichlorvos  in oloyin beans from Nigeria.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for kitchen utensil (milk frother and turner) from China, via Hong Kong unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201).

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