Food recalls in EU – Week 44/2015

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:

  • absence of health mark on frozen Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma) from China
  • acetamiprid (0.768 meq/kg) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.1; Tot. = 14.1 µg/kg – ppb) in in-shell pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.5; Tot. = 31.7 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, organic dried figs (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 42.5 µg/kg – ppb) and hazelnut kernels (B1 = 5.45; Tot. = 25.72 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 30.7; Tot. = 34.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and pistachio nuts (B1 = 44.9; Tot. = 50 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell and groundnut kernels (B1 = 88; Tot. = 105 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 5; Tot. = 20.2 / B1 = 14.1; Tot. = 43.1 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from steel kitchen items, of formaldehyde (307.2; 387.6; mg/kg – ppm) from melamine cutting board and of manganese (1.0 mg/kg – ppm) from hand blender from China
  • FEED: Salmonella Agona (presence), Salmonella Rissen (presence) and Salmonella Tennessee (presence) in processed animal protein from Mexico
  • FEED: Salmonella group C (presence /25g) in steamdried fishmeal (Engraulis encrasicolus) from South Africa
  • fraudulent Common Entry Document (CED) for roasted diced hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for cooked salted duck eggs, marinated eggs and preserved duck eggs from China
  • insufficient labelling (country of origin is missing) of frozen Alaska pollack (Theragra chalcogramma) from China
  • ochratoxin A (32,55 +/- 9,44 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • robusta coffe from Cameroon infested with moulds (21,7 %)
  • spoilage (bad smell) and poor hygienic state of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • too high content of sulphite (2192 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey and (3008 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Chile
  • unauthorised genetically modified (CRYI) rice stick from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Hovenia dulcis in mixed fruits drink from South Korea
  • unauthorised substance trichlorfon (3.9 mg/kg – ppm) in white beans from Nigeria.

Food recalls in EU- Week 24 – 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:

Foreign bodies: black particles in spring still natural mineral water, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom. Distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Chemical contamination: aromatic hydrocarbons in food supplement, following an official control in non-member country. Origin Russia, notified by Germany.

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

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in organic aioli sauce, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Portugal;

– Heavy metals: arsenic in dried mushrooms, following an official control on the market. Origin Lithuania, notified by Poland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in raw milk and mozzarella cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro organisms: Salmonella Ball in black pepper, following an official control on the market. Origin Hungary, notified by Slovakia;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in pineapple, following company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have Norovirus (Group II) in frozen clams (Veneridae) and doxycycline unauthorised in frozen whiteleg shrimp from Vietnam, undeclared egg in frozen surimi sticks from China, unauthorised novel food GTF chromium yeast from the United States, damaged packaging of and absence of health mark on chilled yellowfin tuna from Grenada, chlorpyriphos in asparagus beans from the Dominican Republic, formetanate in fresh pepper from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans from Nigeria, unauthorised substance chlorate in organic apples from Argentina, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat, hind shanks and legs from New Zealand, E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised in fruity flavour soft drinks from the United States, aflatoxins in organic groundnuts in shell from Egypt and in Brazil nuts from Bolivia, absence of health certificate(s) and missing import declaration for melon seeds from Nigeria, Salmonella Spp. in sesame seeds from Senegal and in frozen poultry  meat preparations from Brazil and Thailandia.

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

– Biotoxins: meadow saffron in hay, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for too high level of overall migration from knives from China.

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