Food recalls in EU – Week 8/2016

Last week on EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for food and feed) we can find the following relevant notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (presence CFU/g) in organic falafel nuggets from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain and United Kingdom;
  • Mercury (1.18 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen blue shark slices (Prionace glauca) from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy;
  • Salmonella (presence/25g) in raw milk brie cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain;
  • Salmonella Kentucky (present) in dried parsley from Egypt, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Finland, France and Netherlands;
  • Traces of milk (casein 0.03 mg/item) in frozen fish gratin from Sweden, with raw material from Denmark, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Norway:
  • Undeclared milk ingredient in swiss rolls from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Italy and Portugal;
  • Undeclared mustard and celery in spice mix from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Finland, Norway and Denmark.

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (570 CFU/g) in frozen smoked trout from Turkey, via Bulgaria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;
  • Mercury (1.845 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish loins from Vietnam, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia;
  • Plastic fragments in candy bars from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to (see links embedded to reach some of the press release-public warning): Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, GreeceHong Kong, Hungary,  Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United KingdomWest Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in and insufficient labelling of food supplement from the United States, via Sweden, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in food supplement from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Sweden.

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries concerned Subject Action Taken
Italy Italy, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 10.4; Tot. = 11.6 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States re-dispatch
Ireland Ireland, Pakistan (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 15.7; Tot. = 16.4 µg/kg – ppb) in spice mix from Pakistan official detention
Italy China (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 5.3; Tot. = 6.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from China  
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 92; Tot. = 107 / B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 5.9 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 51.3 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios and almonds from Turkey import not authorised
Belgium Belgium, Gambia (O) benzo(a)pyrene (7 µg/kg – ppb) in smoked sardinella (Sardinella spp.) from the Gambia import not authorised
Italy India (O), Italy cadmium (2.6 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid chunks from India import not authorised
United Kingdom South Korea (O), United Kingdom cadmium (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid (Nototodarus spp.) from South Korea import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam high count of Escherichia coli (1000 CFU/g) in praew leaves (Vietnamese coriander – Polygonum odoratum) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in pet food from Thailand import not authorised
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Portugal, Vietnam (O) prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (1.43 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam import not authorised
Greece Greece, India (O) Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam Salmonella (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) and high count of Escherichia coli (620 CFU/g) in frozen perilla (Perilla frutescens) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Vietnam (O) too high level of overall migration (141 mg/kg – ppm) from nitrile gloves (food contact materials) from Vietnam re-dispatch
Poland Japan (O), Poland unauthorised colour Rose Bengal in marinated bamboo shoots from Japan destruction
United Kingdom Thailand (O), United Kingdom unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.01 mg/kg – ppm) in aubergines from Thailand destruction
Italy India (O), Italy unauthorised substance propargite (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from India placed under customs seals

(Source: RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 14 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we are plenty of recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notification (9):

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

– Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via United Kingdom), notified by France;

– Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via United Kingdom), notified by France;

 Composition: too high content of vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notified by France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in apple puree,  company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in frozen duck meat, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in chilled rear shank of pork baked with parsley, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by France, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Infantis in food supplement, following a consumer complaint. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain and Switzerland;

– Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance chlorate in frozen organic broccoli, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, France and Hungary, notified by Germany.

We have also three recalls, following information for attention notification:

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in soft rolls with fig filling, following company’s own check. Origin Serbia, notified by Slovenia;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in low fat cocoa powder, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Hungary;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in chilled organic chicken chipolata, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

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

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus in cumin powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by France.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in paan leaves from India, Salmonella and too high count of Enterobacteriaceae in fishmeal from Mauritania, Norovirus in frozen boiled clams and in frozen blanched clams from Vietnam, Aflatoxins in diced hazelnuts and pistachios from Turkey, in pistachios and in pistachio nuts from Iran and in groundnuts from China, Ochratoxin A in red raisins from Afghanistan, absence of health certificate(s) for corn sticks from China, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in cashew kernels from Nigeria, dinotefuran in green tea from Japan, E 451 – triphosphate (on label) unauthorised in chilled raw scallops from the United States, malathion and fenthion in dried white beans from Ethiopia, acetamiprid in aubergines (eggplants) and permethrin in fresh peppers  from the Dominican Republic.

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

– Biotoxins: meadow saffron in hay, following a consumer complaint. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands;

For food contact materials we have a couple of border rejections: migration of cadmium and of lead from ceramic mug set and of nickel from electric oven from China.

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