Food recalls in EU – Week 11/2015

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: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (<1.0103 CFU/g) in soft cheese from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter in spring onions from Egypt, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: traces of peanut (1.71 mg/kg – ppm) in pili pili powder from China, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2.34 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (29 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seeds from China, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (183 µg/kg – ppb in dried figs from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen minced meat from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in cheese made with raw cow’s milk from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Spain.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 12 µg/kg – ppb) in pecan nuts from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11; Tot. = 60 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and peanuts in shell (B1 = 3.4; Tot. = 8.4 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 29; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels, with raw material from Afghanistan, and in dried figs (B1 = 6.5; Tot. = 7 / B1 = 10.8; Tot. = 13 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6.8; Tot. = 8.1 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and red chili (B1=18.1 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 67 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, dispatched from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 129 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from Afghanistan, dispatched from Turkey
  • ochratoxin A (24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Uzbekistan
  • azoxystrobin (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) in red peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • chlorpyrifos (1.067 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • dead insects and excrements of insects (20.6; 21.1 %) in dried dates from Turkey
  • ethephon (3.9 mg/kg – ppm) in grapes from Peru
  • formetanate (0.172 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers, sweet peppers (1939 mg/kg – ppm) and cucumbers (2.204 mg/kg – ppm) from Turkey
  • metalaxyl (0.169 mg/kg – ppm) and fenamiphos (0.328 mg/kg – ppm) in courgettes from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for meat grinder from China
  • FCM: migration of formaldehyde (up to 259 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine set (glasses, plates cutlery) from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (1.1 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine kitchen utensils from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (aniline: 0.029; 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane: 0.0681 mg/kg – ppm) from nylon tableware from China
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (518 mg/kg – ppm) from chrome winebottle set from China
  • norovirus (group I detected /25g) in frozen white clams from Vietnam
  • oxydemeton-methyl (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh beans from Kenya
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds and Salmonella Mbandaka (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India
  • undeclared colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (15 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine (76 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen seaweed salad from China
  • unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of chilled lamb leg from New Zealand

Food recalls in EU – Week 29 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we don’t have any recall from consumers in EU in the alert notifications.

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in asparagus, following a consumer complaint. Origin China, notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter spp. in chilled chicken breast fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Denmark;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in heat processed pork sausage “boudin blanc”, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom.

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

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in gluten free beer, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Italy, France, Netherlands and Romania;

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

– Mycotoxins: deoxynivalenol (DON) in organic whole wheat shortbread and organic whole grain cracker, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, raw material from Poland, notified by Germany, distributed also to Hong Kong and Denmark;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in froze raspberries, following a food poisoning. Origin Serbia (packaged), notified by Sweden, distributed via Belgium and France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled sliced sirloin, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in sesame seeds, following company’s own check. Origin India, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in minced meat, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Denmark and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Brandenburg in processed cheese powder, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Hungary and France.

We have also a seizure for Salmonella Saint Paul in frozen poultry and veal kebab, following an official control on the market in Italy; origin Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have aflatoxins in groundnuts from Egypt and from the United States, in pecan nuts from Israel, in raw pistachios in shell from Iran, in peanut candy from India and in unshelled pistachios from the United States; ochratoxin A in pumpkin seeds from China, in dried figs from Turkey, in raisins from Afghanistan and in organic spelt from Ukraine, poor temperature control of frozen whole poultry from Brazil, norovirus in frozen boiled white clams from Vietnam, bacterial contamination and spoilage of frozen cooked shrimps from India, residues above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic haromatic hydrocarbons in non-refined soybean oil from Ukraine, unauthorised use of colour E 122 – azorubine in pickles from Lebanon, dimethoate in fresh peppers from Turkey, clorpyriphos, cypermethrin, cyhalothrin and dichlorvos in fresh olu beans from Nigeria, cypermethrin and dichlorvos in fresh oloyn beans and in oluyin beans from Nigeria.

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

Residues of veterinary medicinal product: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in compound feed, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

For food contact materials we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

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