Food recalls in EU – Week 28

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

Organoleptic aspects: too low acidity in white lasagna sauce, following company’s own check. Origin Switzerland, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance sibutramine and sildenafil in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by France.

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish steaks, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by France;

– Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate thermal processing in frozen cordon bleu, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Netherlands;

– Pesticide residues: metamidophos in pattypan, following a company’s own check. Origin South Africa, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania and United Kingdom;

We have also a seizure for suspicion of shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen deer meat from Germany. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have aflatoxins in peanuts from China, salted pistachio nuts from Iran, shelled pistachios from Turkey, groundnut kernels from India (via Egypt) and Bombay biryani spice mix from Pakistan. Ochratoxin A in chili powder from Mexico, high count of Enterobacteriaceae in brine shrimp eggs from China, poor temperature control of frozen shallow-water cape hake from Namibia, residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, carbendazim in green tea extract from China and in fresh lemons from Argentina, formetanate and clofentezine in fresh peppers from Turkey, etoxazole in green beans and chlorothalonil in snow pea from Kenya, imazalil and orthophenylphenol in oranges from Egypt, methamidophos, monocrotophos and acephate in okra from India, bitertanol and abamectin in yard long beans from the Dominican Republic, dithiocarbamates, malathion, lambda-cyhalothrin, dimethomorph, azoxystrobin, boscalid, myclobutanil, pyraclostrobine and quinoxyfen in vine leaves in brine from Turkey.

For feed, we have a border rejection for Salmonella Spp. in fish meal from Mauritania.

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of chromium and of manganese from stainless steel strainers from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 11 – 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:

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins in cooked mussel meat, following food poisoning. Origin Ireland and Netherlands, notified by Ireland, distributed also to Italy;

– Foreign bodies: two sharp plastic fragments in figbread with almonds, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria.

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

– Non-pathogenic microorganisms: moulds in strawberry flavoured cakes, following a consumer complaint. Origin Italy, notified by Greece;

– Novel food: unauthorised novel food ingredient 3,3 diindolylmethane (DIM) (synthetic) in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Finland (with raw material from France), notified by Finland, distributed also to Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Poor or insufficient controls: inadequate termal processing (prawns) of seafood sandwich filler with prawns, following company’s own check. Origin United Kingdom (with raw material from Iceland), notified by United Kingdom, distributed  also to Gibraltar.

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

– Allergens: undeclared sesame in flavouring, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic (via Poland), notified by Slovakia;

– Allergens: undeclared sesame in chocolate muffin, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Slovakia;

– Allergens: undeclared mustard in chilled spare ribs sate, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in oysters, following food poisoning. Origin France, notified by Denmark;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in frozen brie and camembert, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia Coli in live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Greece, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled pasteurised sheep’s milk chees, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

We have also a seizure of choline chloride 60% corn cob from China for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63) rice. Notified from Bulgaria.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry meat and turkey meat preparation from Brazil, in sesame seed from India and in paan leaves from Bangladesh. Norovirus in frozen, cooked and boiled clams, cooked  from Vietnam. Aflatoxins in pistachio nuts and in pistachio kernels from Iran, in pistachio nuts from Turkey and in blanched peanuts from China. Groundnuts in shell from Egypt infested with moulds and dead insects and excrements of insects in dried raisins from India infested with moulds. Absence of health certificate(s) for groundnut chikki from India and for nougat with pistachios from Iran. Fenitrothion in olives from Egypt, formetanate in chilled sweet peppers and fresh peppers from Turkey and clofentezine in peppers from Turkey. Spoilage of chilled white grouper from Senegal, unauthorised substance sibutramine in slimming coffee from Thailand and United States, unauthorised placing on the market (Bidens andicola, Chuquiraga jussieui, Equisetum bogotense, Equisetum giganteum, Lasiocephalus ovatus, Piper carpunya and Tropaeolum tuberosum) of herbal infusions from Ecuador, tebuconazole, tolfenpyrad, flonicamid, flubendiamide, diflubenzuron and chlorantraniliprole and unauthorised substance dinotefuran in green tea from Japan, lufenuron and hexaflumuron in green tea from China and cadmium in frozen octopur.

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

– Heavy metals: unauthorised feed additive cobalt proteinate in feed for goldfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by France.

For food contact materials we don’t  have any important notification this week.

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