Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2015

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:

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


3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 37 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (69 µg/kg – ppb) in red chilli powder from India, processed in the United Arab Emirates
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 37.9; Tot. = 41 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.9; Tot. = 3.9 / B1 = 34; Tot. = 40 / B1 = 66; Tot. = 83 µg/kg – ppb) in raw peanuts from Bolivia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China
  • attempt to illegally import frozen common sole (Solea spp) and monkfish (Lophius spp) from Senegal
  • black pepper grains from Vietnam infested with moulds
  • chlorpyrifos (0.66 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • clofentezine (0.057 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • cypermethrin (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.022 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances dichlorvos (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) and trichlorfon (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in dried brown beans from Nigeria
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for shelled groundnuts from China
  • lead (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in tomatoes from Ukraine
  • mercury (0.964 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) fillets from Tunisia
  • FCM: migration of chromium (3.3 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (25 mg/dm²) from butter knife, cleavers and knives table stell from China
  • poor temperature control (-7 °C) of frozen common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and soles (Synaptura cadenati) from Senegal, and of frozen sheep meat preparation (Ovis aries) from Australia
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen turkey meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • spoilage of chilled fish (Argyrosomus regius, Dentex dentex, Dicentrarchus labrax, Seriola dumerili) from Egypt
  • unauthorised novel food cuitlacoche (canned maize infected with fungus Ustilago maydis) from Mexico
  • unauthorised substances tolfenpyrad (0.045 mg/kg – ppm) and anthraquinone (0.051 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 122 – azorubine (64 mg/kg – ppm) in pickled horseradish from Ukraine

Food recalls in EU – Week 8 – 2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in vacuum packed sliced salami, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Malta and Netherlands;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in muffins from skimmed milf, following a consumer complaint. Origin France, notification from Germany, distributed also to Poland.

We have also two recalls, following information for follow-up and information for attention notification:

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in ground hazelnuts, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Incorrect labelling: wrong best before date in trout fillets in garlic, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notification from Netherlands.

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient and soya in biscuits, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from the United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments and pieces of wood in canned chickpeas, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notification from France;

– Industrial contaminants: high content of benzophenone in gluten free muesli and porridge, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to Malta and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notification from Hungary, distributed also to Czech Republic;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in frozen gyros-like pork roasting spit, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Czech Republic (with raw materials from Germany).

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen poultry meat preparations from Brazil and in frozen clams from Vietnam. Aflatoxins in  unshelled pistachios, hazel nuts and dried figs from Turkey, in peanuts in shell, groundnut kernels and blanched groundnuts from China and in pistachio nuts from Iran. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef from Brazil, norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, high count of Escherichia coli in frozen baby clam meat from Turkey, pesticide residues in grape leaves in brine from Turkey, dead insects in pistachio nuts from the United States infested (black and green moulds) and in raisins from India (black moulds). Dimethoate in flowers of limetree Tilia Tomentosa from Albania and in oranges from Egypt, carbendazim in artichokes from Egypt, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey and acephate in basmati rice from India. Histamine in sardins in oil from Indonesia, absence of health certificate(s) for fish oil (cod liver oil, colostrum) from the United States and E 223 – Sodium metabisulphite unauthorised in coconut milk from Thailand.

For feed, we have border rejections for foreign body (dust) in organic maize from Ukraine, infested with moulds, and for Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Mauritania.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for too high content of chromium in plastic peeler with stainless steel blade from China and from barbeque sets from China (via Hong Kong). Deterioration of organoleptic characteristics (pungent odour) of food in contact with plastic graduated jugs from China.

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