Food recalls in EU – Weeks 29-32

I had a couple of busy weeks, but now we can restart our weekly appointment. Here above the most significant cases.

During these weeks on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have found a couple of very interesting and recent recalls from consumers in EU between the alert notifications:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: clostridium botulinum in pesto, following company’s own check. Notification from Italy, origin Italy, distributed also to Albania, Cayman Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Monaco, United Kingdom.

Packaging defective/incorrect: risk of breakage in beer bottles because of high activity of yeast, following company’s own check,. Notification from Netherlands, origin Belgium, distributed also to Denmark, Finland, France and Switzerland.

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in chocolate mousse, following a consumer complaint. Notification from France, origin France, distributed also to Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in groundnuts and other nuts products from Turkey and China, Salmonella in chicken and turkey meat from Brazil, non authorised GMO in papaya from Thailand, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in meat from Argentina and Brazil.

Regarding food contact materials we have the following alert:

Heavy metals: migration of cadmium and lead in glass cups, following an official control on the market. Notification from Slovakia. Origin China (via Poland), distributed also to Czech Republic, Estonia and Ukraine.

Food recalls in EU – Week 27

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find one recall from consumers in EU between the information for attention notifications:

GMO/Novel foods: unauthorised genetically modified organism in fresh papaya, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, distributed to France.

Between the alert notifications we can find several withdrawal from the market:

Heavy metals: mercury in herbal food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), distributed to Sweden.

– Heavy metals: lead and mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), distributed to Sweden

– Allergens: undeclared nuts (cashew) in pesto, following a consumer complaint. Origin Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Biotoxins: suspicion of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in surf clams, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, distributed also to Netherlands.

Industrial contaminants: dioxins in soya extractions grist (feed), following company’s own check. Origin Austria and Italy, distributed also to Germany.

We have also an interesting seizure:

Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen deer meat, following an official control on the market. Origin Austria, distributed also in Italy.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in groundnuts from China, in shelled almonds from the United States, in dried figs from Turkey and in peanuts in shell from Egypt, Salmonella in frozen chicken, chicken meat and turkey breasts from Brazil, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen beef from Brazil, ochratoxin A in black pepper from Indonesia and in raisins from South Africa, illegal import (false certificate) of hake (Merluccius spp) from Ecuador, illegal import of fish gelatine from Taiwan, acetamiprid in tea and green tea from China, unauthorised genetically modified rice cake from China.

Regarding food contact materials we have the following alert:

Migration of primary aromatic amines in pancakes spatulas, following an official control on the market. OriginFrance, distributed also to Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia.