Food recalls in EU – Week 8/2015

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:

– Allergens: undeclared almond (>18 mg/kg – ppm) in spice mix from Sweden, via the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France, Ireland and Malta;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (0.062 mg/kg – ppm) and scopolamine (0.033 mg/kg – ppm) in brown millet from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 7.02 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Belgium, manufactured in France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (480 CFU/g) in extra tenderloin slices (lomo) from Spain, following a company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Biocontaminats: atropine (156.2; 207.5 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (27.2; 31.3 µg/kg – ppb) in organic polenta cornmeal from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: microchip in pig carcasses from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Monaco and Romania;

– Unauthorised novel food ingredient aegeline (presence) in super thermo powder from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Veterinary drug residues (14600 µg/kg – ppb) in various cuts of ovine meat from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Ireland.

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.953 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27; Tot. = 35 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts and peanut kernels (B1 = 3; Tot. = 3.5 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.38 / B1 = 3.46 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts and peanuts in shell (B1 = 78.9; Tot. = 93.5 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4; Tot. = 15.2 mg/kg – ppm) in roasted chopped hazelnuts and in pistachio nuts (Tot. = 17.16 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • ochratoxin A (61 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Afghanistan
  • chlorpyrifos (0.44 mg/kg – ppm), penconazole (0.063 mg/kg – ppm), iprodione (0.290 mg/kg – ppm), acetamiprid (0.016 mg/kg – ppm), tebuconazole (0.18 mg/kg – ppm), tetraconazole (0.052 mg/kg – ppm), esfenvalerate (0.12 mg/kg – ppm), indoxacarb (0.15 mg/kg – ppm), dimethomorph (0.06 mg/kg – ppm), difenoconazole (0.073 mg/kg – ppm), azoxystrobin (0.50 mg/kg – ppm), boscalid (0.5 mg/kg – ppm), kresoxim-methyl (0.05 mg/kg – ppm), pyraclostrobin (0.05 mg/kg – ppm), emamectin (0.016 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopyram (0.058 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.24 mg/kg – ppm), carbaryl (0.019 mg/kg – ppm) and fenbutatin oxide (5.4 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (12 mg/kg – ppm), pyridaben (2.0 mg/kg – ppm) and acetamiprid (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (2.1` mg/kg – ppm) in broccoli from China
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) in asparagus peas from the Dominican Republic
  • clofentezine (0.056 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • dead insects (presence in 8% of sampled peanuts) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt
  • fenthion (0.113 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • lufenuron (0.089 mg/kg – ppm) and methomyl (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen freshwater shrimps (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) from Bangladesh
  • propargite (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in strawberries from Egypt
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds and betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx2+, O105H8 /25g) in frozen boneless beef (Bos taurus) from Brazil
  • too high content of sulphite (2178 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (237 mg/kg – ppm) from hand blender from China
  • unauthorised substances carbofuran (0.07 mg/kg – ppm) and hexaconazole (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from Vietnam

Food recall in EU – Week 36/2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Typhimurium in dried ginger powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Finland.

Between the information for follow-up notifications, we can find another recall from consumers:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in frozen precooked mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in frozen meat skewer, following company’s own check. Origin Austria, notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in sweet peppers powder, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Netherlands.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in groundnuts from India (dispatched from Egypt), in shelled pistachios from Turkey and in raw shelled groundnuts from Brazil;

– poor temperature control of frozen tuna loins from Papua New Guinea;

– Salmonella anatum in frozen boneless beef tenderloin from Uruguay;

– Salmonella and carbendazim in paan leaves from India;

– attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh and frozen bovine tongues from Brazil;

– thiophanate-methyl in sweet peppers from Turkey;

– unauthorised substance carbofuran in eggplants from the Dominican Republic;

– malathion in dried mung beans from Ethiopia;

– absence of health certificate(s) for dried oloyin beans from Nigeria;

– pyrimethanil, penconazole, iprodione, acetamiprid, tebuconazole, tetraconazole, indoxacarb, famoxadone, methoxyfenozide, difenoconazole, azoxystrobin, boscalid, myclobutanil, mandipropamid, pyraclostrobin and proquinazid in vine leaves in brine from Turkey.

For feed, we have a border rejection for spoilage of cotton seeds from Argentina infested with moulds and for Salmonella in dog chews.. In Germany we have also a seizure of maize from Serbia (via Netherlands), due to the presence of aflatoxins.

For food contact materials we have:

an information for attention notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

Migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lids of glass jars containing red chili paste, following company’s own check. Origin Thailand, notified by Finland, distributed also to Estonia;

an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Migration of lead from porcelain plates, following a border control. Origin China (via Hong Kong), notified by Latvia, distributed also to Estonia and Lithuania.

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