Food recalls in EU – Week 20/2015

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 gluten (111.5; 746 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten free crisps from Ireland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces in potato salad from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: dead mouse in unsalted organic crunchy peanut butter from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland, Norway and Spain;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments (1 <–> 2 cm) in frozen gluten and wheat free chicken goujons from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: norovirus (presence/25g) in frozen blueberries from Chile, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in raw milk camembert from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany, Poland and Sweden.

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

– Foreign bodies: metal pieces in carrot & swede mash from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Gibraltar;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): colour migration from plastic bowls from China, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Kosovo, Romania and Macedonia.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared egg in cod burger from the Netherlands, following a food poisoning. Notified by Sweden;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of cadmium (0.52 mg/item) and of lead (4.0 mg/item) from glass mugs from China, following an official control on the market. Notified from Poland, distributed also to Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia;

Food poisoning suspected to be caused by organic quinoa flake from Bolivia, packaged in Denmark. Notified from Norway;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (6.4 – 40 µg/kg – ppb) in buckwheat flour from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

4. Seizures:

In Denmark we had a seizure of chopped hazelnuts from Turkey for aflatoxins (B1 = 9; Tot. = 26 µg/kg – ppb).

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India and for seaweed instant rice noodles from Thailand, dispatched from Hong Kong
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.3; Tot. = 18.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and in nutmegs (B1 = 36.7; Tot. = 38.1 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.7 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 24.0; Tot. = 26.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9; Tot. = 26 µg/kg – ppb) in chopped hazelnuts from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.36 mg/kg – ppm) and fenitrothion (0.05 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.606 mg/kg – ppm) and lambda-cyhalothrin (0.273 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • diazinon (0.023 mg/kg – ppm) and fenitrothion (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • dried headless trevally (Carangidae) from Vietnam infested with moulds
  • poor temperature control (between -7.9 and -12.8 °C) of frozen common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen boneless skinless spiced half turkey breasts from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella Stanley (2 out 3 samples /25g) in dried black fungus from Vietnam
  • unauthorised irradiation of extract of red rice from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Phellinus linteus in food supplement from the United States
  • unauthorised substance carbaryl (1.73 mg/kg – ppm) in beans from Madagascar
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) in dried lentils from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India

Food recalls in EU – Week 43

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

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

Between the information for attention notifications, we have another recall:

Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in chilled mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy, distributed also to Greece;

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

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

Allergens: undeclared milk in chocolate biscuits, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Spain;

Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in rice and chocolate biscuits, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in chilled mussels, following a company’s own check. Origin France, distributed also to Spain;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Hepatitis A in frozen mixed berries processed in Italy, with raw material from Poland, Serbia, Chile, Bulgaria, Sweden and Bosnia and Herzegovina, following an official control market. Notification from Italy;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in peanut butter from Benin, in peanuts in shell from China and in dried figs from Turkey, salmonella spp.  in frozen chicken meat preparations from Brazil, excrements of insects in blanched groundnut kernels from Argentina, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried leguminous from Nigeria, improper health certificate(s) for fresh okra from India, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, acetamiprid in pomegranate from Turkey, unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of deepwater cape hake (Merluccius paradoxus) from South Africa and poor temperature control of frozen Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) from the United States.

About food contact materials, we have an alert for migration of formaldehyde in plastic bowl from Hungary (notification from Germany).

About feed, we find an alert too, for high content of selenium and migration of cobalt in complete feed for pigs from Netherlands (notification from Germany).