Food recalls in EU – Week 8/2016

Last week on EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for food and feed) we can find the following relevant notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (presence CFU/g) in organic falafel nuggets from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain and United Kingdom;
  • Mercury (1.18 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen blue shark slices (Prionace glauca) from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy;
  • Salmonella (presence/25g) in raw milk brie cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain;
  • Salmonella Kentucky (present) in dried parsley from Egypt, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Finland, France and Netherlands;
  • Traces of milk (casein 0.03 mg/item) in frozen fish gratin from Sweden, with raw material from Denmark, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Norway:
  • Undeclared milk ingredient in swiss rolls from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Italy and Portugal;
  • Undeclared mustard and celery in spice mix from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Finland, Norway and Denmark.

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (570 CFU/g) in frozen smoked trout from Turkey, via Bulgaria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;
  • Mercury (1.845 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish loins from Vietnam, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia;
  • Plastic fragments in candy bars from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to (see links embedded to reach some of the press release-public warning): Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, GreeceHong Kong, Hungary,  Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United KingdomWest Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in and insufficient labelling of food supplement from the United States, via Sweden, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in food supplement from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Sweden.

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries concerned Subject Action Taken
Italy Italy, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 10.4; Tot. = 11.6 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States re-dispatch
Ireland Ireland, Pakistan (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 15.7; Tot. = 16.4 µg/kg – ppb) in spice mix from Pakistan official detention
Italy China (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 5.3; Tot. = 6.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from China  
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 92; Tot. = 107 / B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 5.9 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 51.3 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios and almonds from Turkey import not authorised
Belgium Belgium, Gambia (O) benzo(a)pyrene (7 µg/kg – ppb) in smoked sardinella (Sardinella spp.) from the Gambia import not authorised
Italy India (O), Italy cadmium (2.6 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid chunks from India import not authorised
United Kingdom South Korea (O), United Kingdom cadmium (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid (Nototodarus spp.) from South Korea import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam high count of Escherichia coli (1000 CFU/g) in praew leaves (Vietnamese coriander – Polygonum odoratum) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in pet food from Thailand import not authorised
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Portugal, Vietnam (O) prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (1.43 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam import not authorised
Greece Greece, India (O) Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam Salmonella (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) and high count of Escherichia coli (620 CFU/g) in frozen perilla (Perilla frutescens) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Vietnam (O) too high level of overall migration (141 mg/kg – ppm) from nitrile gloves (food contact materials) from Vietnam re-dispatch
Poland Japan (O), Poland unauthorised colour Rose Bengal in marinated bamboo shoots from Japan destruction
United Kingdom Thailand (O), United Kingdom unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.01 mg/kg – ppm) in aubergines from Thailand destruction
Italy India (O), Italy unauthorised substance propargite (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from India placed under customs seals

(Source: RASFF Portal)

Six Top Trends in B2B Food and Nutrition PR for 2014

NutriPR identifies six top trends of B2B public relations for the nutraceutical and food ingredient industries for 2014. A panel of three leading food and beverage B2B editors was engaged in the survey: David Feder, RD, executive editor of Prepared Foods/; Robin Wyers, Chief Editor of The World of Food Ingredients and; and Caroline Scott-Thomas, Editor of

Among the top trends are “real-time” and “relevance/new angle.” These reflect the media anticipation for accurate, quick response and on-time releases that consist of relevant and useful data.

“We initiated this research to help our clients to better understand how to improve their PR campaigns according to media expectations and needs,” explains Liat Simha, PR expert at NutriPR. “Part of our job is to advise not just what to do, but also what not to do in developing a PR campaign that helps clients build their brands in the marketplace; our challenge is to build a bridge over this gap.”

1.     Real time – “I’d expect to see much faster reaction times, with press releases issued as soon as news occurs. There is still a big gap from an event or product launch to when a release is issued. This is less acceptable in a world of instant news sourcing, with social media and rumors making headlines before companies can craft a press release,” says Scott-Thomas.

2.     Sharper PR – Writing a good press release is no longer enough. “Our readers expect high-value information, backed up by marketing data and statistics. Sharper and more focused information is essential to get more impact in B2B food and beverage media,” indicates Wyers. Feder expects to see more “ready-made” pieces in the form of comprehensive and technical article releases.

3.     Video splash/video interview – “I anticipate a lot more links to videos or even video clips embedded in product samples; releases more individualized to the publication and its editors; and whole web pages and articles ready to fold into a site directly, rather than merely link to the client’s site,” predicts Feder. “Videos should be between 1 and 2 minutes and filled with info—not fluff—plus lead to resources that go deeper.”

4.     Relevance & “new angle”– Feder, Scott-Thomas and Wyers avoid repeat coverage of the same topics and products. “I look for the new angle in each story we post,” notes Wyers. “Our readers expect to find stories that can help them to develop new product or solve technical problems.”

“I hope to see more press releases that put the news in context of other events affecting the industry,” says Scott-Thom

Hot trends in B2B food and nutrition PRas. ”For example, making the most of ingredient waste streams, and tackling public health problems such as diabetes and obesity, rather than simply announcing a new product or report.”

5.     Enhance your media relations – Reporters get hundreds of press releases daily. To be chosen from

all this noise, it’s vital to build sincere media relations. “Companies will return to engaging

more actively with the press through press trips and desk-side visits. They will thus rely on expert and knowledgeable outside PR contacts to act as more than liaisons, rather, as client partners in interacting directly with the press and providing enhanced objectivity for their clients, closing the gap between corporate needs and press needs without compromising fairness in coverage,” notes Feder.

6.     The Social media impact  Food ingredient companies need to develop a social media strategy to gain better buzz for their PR campaign and to become more accessible to reporters and potential customers alike. “Social media, particularly Twitter, can provide leads for stories,” says Scott-Thomas. “Apart from publicizing our articles on Twitter, Facebook is emerging as an interesting platform for us, helping reach a new audience with stories that have a more ‘human’ angle.”