Food recalls in EU is back – Week 7/2016

Dear readers, the weekly articles about EU food recalls is back with a slightly modified format, to be even more immediate. January was an hectic period and I had big changes in my firm: that will lead to better organisation and an enhanced capacity to answer regulatory services requests, but it took me energy and time.

Soon you will have more information via the blog.

This 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:

  • Migration of melamine (3.1 mg/l) from melamine bowl from China, via Spain and via Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Luxembourg, Serbia and Slovenia.

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

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (210 CFU/g) in frozen olive focaccia brie oregano from Portugal, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;
  • Metal particles (< 1 cm) in canned tortellini from Austria, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries Concerned Subject Action taken
Denmark Denmark, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 100; Tot. = 160 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts from Turkey placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 13.49 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted hazelnuts from Turkey re-dispatch
United Kingdom Brazil (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 15.7 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts from Brazil use for other purpose than food/feed
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 15.3; Tot. = 16 µg/kg – ppb) in sweet apricot kernels from Turkey informing recipients
Slovenia Commission Services, Hungary, India (O), Slovenia, United States aflatoxins (B1 = 29.5; Tot. = 32.5 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg in shell from India, via the United States
Bulgaria Bulgaria, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 3.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from the United States placed under customs seals
France France, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 3.3; Tot. = 24.1 µg/kg – ppb) in whole organic hazelnut kernels from Turkey return to consignor
Italy Egypt (O), Italy, San Marino (D) aflatoxins (B1 = 38.1; Tot. = 41.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from Egypt placed under customs seals
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 75.9; Tot. = 116.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from Egypt placed under customs seals
Italy Azerbaijan (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 9.5; Tot. = 10.2 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Azerbaijan re-dispatch
Malta China (O), Malta aflatoxins (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 12.0 / B1 = 4.5; Tot. = 5.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanuts from China placed under customs seals
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 32.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnuts from Turkey official detention
Portugal Iran (O), Portugal, Turkey fenpropathrin (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and ethion (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance propargite (0.030 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Iran, via Turkey re-dispatch
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus (presence) in chilled clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus (presence) in chilled clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus in grooved carpet shells (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) in canned cat food from Thailand import not authorised
Netherlands Brazil (O), Netherlands poor temperature control (-14 <–>-6 °C) of frozen salted skinless half chicken breasts from Brazil import not authorised
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) prochloraz (1.5 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
United Kingdom India (O), United Kingdom Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India import not authorised
Cyprus Cyprus, Ukraine (O) Salmonella (presence /25g) and Salmonella Senftenberg (presence /25g) in rapeseed meal from Ukraine official detention
United Kingdom India (O), United Kingdom Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India import not authorised
Germany Germany, Thailand (O) Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken breasts from Thailand re-dispatch
Slovenia India (O), Slovenia Salmonella Isangi (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India placed under customs seals
France Brazil (O), France, Netherlands shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+, stx2- /25g) in chilled boneless beef meat (Bos taurus) from Brazil destruction
Bulgaria Bulgaria, China (O) spoilage of peanuts in shell from China infested with moulds re-dispatch
Spain Spain, Turkey (O) too high content of sulphite (2314-3399 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey re-dispatch
Czech Republic Czech Republic, Vietnam (O) unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.25 mg/kg – ppm), hexaconazole (0.058 mg/kg – ppm), diafenthiuron (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.079 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh chilli peppers from Vietnam official detention

(Source: RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 9/2015

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 peanut (41.3 mg/kg – ppm) in milk chocolate biscuits from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Composition: adverse reaction caused by table grapes from South Africa, following a food poisoning. Notified by Denmark;

– Composition: unauthorised colour Rhodamine B (7 mg/kg – ppm) in fennel seeds from Pakistan, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Heavy metals: cadmium (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in canned tuna from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to France, Slovakia and Slovenia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 190; Tot. = 210 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio from Iran, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in filets de poulet from Belgium, with raw material from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) (2.26 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen rabbit meat from China, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Switzerland.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance diafenthiuron (0.47 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from China, via Hong Kong
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.2 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 16.7; Tot. = 19.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 2.9 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanuts and groundnut kernels (B1 = 8.9; Tot. = 10.05) from China, via Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled peanuts, peanuts in shell (B1 = 24; Tot. = 26 mg/kg – ppm), peanuts (B1 = 65.03; Tot. = 125.53), shelled peanuts (Tot. = 24.4 µg/kg – ppb), groundnuts (B1 = 80.2; Tot. = 105 / B1 = 13.1; Tot. = 21.1 µg/kg – ppb), shelled groundnuts (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 11.7 µg/kg – ppb) and peanut powder (B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 8.8 / B1 = 5.4; Tot. = 10.3 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 270; Tot. = 330 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from South Africa
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 45.6; Tot. = 49 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 5.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from Argentina
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 53.8 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts for bird feed from Brazil
  • FCM: migration of manganese (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel parts of grill from Hong Kong
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) from tools kit for barbecue from China
  • ochratoxin A (17.4 µg/kg – ppb) and high count of yeasts (3.2E6 CFU/g) in dried figs from Turkey
  • prochloraz (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from Thailand
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in fish meal from Morocco
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds and white sesame seeds from India
  • too high content of sulphite (2320 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised genetically modified red yeast rice extract from China
  • unauthorised irradiation of red rice extract from China
  • unauthorised substance prometryn (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in roasted seaweed from China
  • unsuitable transport conditions (25% of the lobsters were found dead) for live lobster (Hoarus spp) from Canada