Food recalls in EU – Week 5 – 2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked trout fillets, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium (via Denmark), notification from France, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in gorgonzola cheese, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notification from Switzerland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in blanched almonds, following an official control on the market. Origin Australia (via Netherlands), notification from Finland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chicken, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Austria, Germany and Nigeria;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in ground black pepper, following an official control on the market. Origin from Poland/Vietnam, notification from Poland, distributed also to Ireland and United Kingdom;

– Composition: high content of iodine in canned seaweed in spicy marinade, following an official control on the market. Origin Belarus (via Latvia), notification from Germany;

Feed additives: unauthorised substance clopidol in frozen chicken breasts fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Brazil (via Netherlands), notification from United Kingdom;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ground beef meat, following company’s own check. Origin Ireland, notification from Sweden.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen salted chickenbreasts from Thailand, Salmonella Heidelberg frozen spiced turkey half breast and in frozen poultry meat from Brazil. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen bovine meat from Brazil. Aflatoxins in  peanut kernels from China and groundnut runner from Brazil. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia. Poor temperature control of frozen octopus from Peru, frozen hake and frozen crabs from Uruguay. Unauthorised food additive cellulose acetate phtalate in food supplement from Israel, unauthorised novel food ingredient Stevia rebaudiana in food supplements from the United States and unauthorised irradiation of Cassia nomame extract from China. High content of aluminium in vermicilli from China. Spoilage of black pepper from Sri Lanka. Unauthorised use of  colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in groundnut crackers from China. Absence of health certificate(s) for groundnut chikki from India roasted peanuts without shell and peanut butter from Ghana. Undeclared sulphite in dehydrated carrots from China, via Ukraine, and in dried apricots from Turkey.

For feed, we have the following alert notification and withdrawal from the market of the product:

– Industrial contaminants: dioxins in fish oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Lithuania, notification from Latvia.

For food contact materials we have some withdrawals from the market for too high level of overall migration from lid of jars containing pesto sauce and anchovy fillets from Italy, and for migration of formaldehyde from melamine bowls from Hong Kong.

About border rejections we have migration of formaldehyde from melamine ladles from Taiwan and migration of chromium, nickel and manganese from kitchen and barbecue utensils from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 48

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we find two recalls from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications:

– Allergens: undeclared nuts in pesto sauce (pesto verde), following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to United Kingdom;

 Composition: unauthorised 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notification from Spain, distributed also to Netherlands.

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

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: mould infestation in lemon dressing, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Spain, distributed also to Guinea;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ham onion salami, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in yellow noodles, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from Cyprus.

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

– Pesticides residues: dimethoate in mango, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, notification from France, distributed also to Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled speck, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notification from France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled chili sausage, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in onion flavoured meat spread, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in dried figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Slovakia), notification from Austria;

Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Italy), notification from Slovenia.

In Spain we have also a seizure of frozen swordfish from Mozambique for presence of mercury, following an official control on the market.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen cooked clams (Meretrix spp) and frozen Venus clams from Vietnam, Salmonella Weltevreden in fresh centella (Centella asiatica) from Sri Lanka, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in groundnuts from Egypt, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen boneless bovine meat from Brazil, missing import declaration for curry leaves from India, unauthorised substance carbofuran in pomelo from China, unauthorised novel food ingredient Terminalia chebulain in sugar syrup and Phyllanthus emblica in gooseberry sugar syrup from Pakistan, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in brown beans from Nigeria, dead insects and live insects in dried figs from Turkey infested with larvae of insects.

For food contact material we have border rejections for migration of nickel from stainless coffee makers from India, migration of chromium and of manganese from kitchen utensils from China, too high level of overall migration from gloves in latex/nitril from Malaysia and  from plastic cups from China, migration of chromium and of  manganese and too high level of overall migration from steel knive from Brazil and migration of formaldehyde and of melamine  from melamine tableware sets from China.