Food recalls in EU – Week 4/2015

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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in organic sesame cream from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

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

– Allergens: undeclared wheat in noodles from Thailand, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Brandenburg in sausages from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Switzerland and San Marino;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (presence /25g) in chilled chicken fillets from Belgium, with raw material from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls (sum: 8.7 pg WHO TEQ/g) in cheese from Romania, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 160; Tot. = 210 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21; Tot. = 25.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut kernels from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 26; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in dried chillies from Pakistan
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 72.3; Tot. = 76.6 / B1 = 118.5; Tot. = 128 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from Iran
  • ochratoxin A (21.1 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Uzbekistan
  • buprofezin (0.28 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.21 mg/kg – ppm), triazophos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm), acetamiprid (0.24 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances isoprocarb (0.065 mg/kg – ppm) and N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) (0.079 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • carbendazim (0.245 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • dimethoate (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances monocrotophos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) and phorate (1.2 mg/kg – ppm) in betel leaves from India
  • imazalil (10.2 mg/kg – ppm) in grapefruit from Turkey
  • malathion (0.044 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • methamidophos (0.119 mg/kg – ppm) and acephate (0.920 mg/kg – ppm) in okra from India
  • oxamyl (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) and lambda-cyhalothrin (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in mix chillies from Egypt
  • poor hygienic state of sesame seeds from Nigeria infested with larvae of insects
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • unauthorised substances trichlorphon (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) in dried sweet beans from Nigeria
  • Salmonella Agona and Bredeney in sesame seeds from India and Salmonella spp in hulled sesame seeds
  • Salmonella Havana in rice protein meal from China
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen meat preparation and in frozen prepared turkey breasts from Brazil
  • norovirus (presence /25g) in frozen clams from Vietnam
  • poor temperature control (-10.4; -9.5; -10.6; -11.2; -11.1 °C) of frozen precooked tuna loins from Papua New Guinea
  • residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline (251 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen sushi shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Vietnam
  • suspicion of fraudulent health certificate(s) for rice cooking wine from China
  • too high content of sulphite (3000 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • too high content of vitamin B6 (50 mg/item) in food supplement from the United States
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient jequirity (Abrus precatorius) in mouth freshener from India
  • FCM: migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) (420 mg/kg – ppm) from lids of jars containing chili paste from Thailand
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) from peeler from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from electric beater from China
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (55 mg/dm²) from vegetables cutting items from China
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in dog chews from Turkey
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 104 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts for birdfeed from Brazil

Food recalls in EU/Week 40 – 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 notifications:

Allergens: undeclared soia in pasta e wholemeal pasta moose-shaped, following company’s own check. Origin Sweden (via Germany), notified by Spain, distributed also to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom and United States;

– Allergens: traces of egg in chocolate fudge cake kit, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by Ireland;

Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in canned mussels, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in soft white brie cheese made from goat milk, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Sweden;

– Pesticide residues: fenamiphos in red grapefruits, following company’s own check. Origin Zimbabwe (via South Africa and the Netherlands), notified by Denmark, distributed also to Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Norway.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers:

Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphites in soup stocks, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by United Kingdom.

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

– Composition: unauthorised substance 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (nor-DMAA) in food supplement, following company’s own check. Origin Canada (via the Netherlands), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in potato starch, following a consumer complaint. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Germany;

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen blue shark slice, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hong Kong (China, via the Netherlands), notified by Sweden.

– Packaging defective/incorrect: bulging packaging of canned olives, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by Italy:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in camembert cheese, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany and Sweden;

Pesticide residues: carbendazim, omethoate, dimethoate and thiophanate-methyl in grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Tunisia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Poland and Russia.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in peanuts from China and in apricot kernels from Uzbekistan, via Afghanistan;

– too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey and in sliced coconut from Lebanon;

– unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans from Nigeria;

– cinnamon from Indonesia and salted horse casings from Argentina infested with moulds and insects;

– residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen seafood mix and frozen squid and shrimps skewer from Vietnam;

–  triazophos, acetamiprid, and imidacloprid in tea from Hong Kong;

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

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen catfish from Vietnam.

For feed, we have border rejections for aflatoxins in birdfeed groundnuts from Brazil and Salmonella spp. in fishmeal from the United States. 

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon serving tongs from China.

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