Food recalls in EU – Week 24/2015

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: traces of gluten (presence) in variety of chocolate flavoured brownie cake bars from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in milk chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.55 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish fillets (Xiphias gladius) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (6738.8; 10500 µg/kg – ppb) in corn meal from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in food for enteral use for children from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter jejuni (11 positive samples: 800, 100,400, 200, 300, 3100, 9200, 400, 700, 600, 300 CFU/g) in fresh chicken from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: unauthorised substances progesterone (2.56 mg/kg – ppm) and androstenedione (3.02 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: high content of iodine (2423 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from Japan, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (2.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH4 sum: 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled bacon from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey, packaged in Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

In Italy, following an official control on the market, we had a seizure for E 450 – diphosphate (2.37 g/kg) unauthorised in chilled vacuum packed yellow fin tuna from Spain.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 13.1 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts, in blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.0 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.6; Tot. = 14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.1; Tot. = 18.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled bitter almonds from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22.7; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 25 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnut from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) (1240 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in popcorn (2308 µg/kg – ppb) from Serbia
  • dried vegetables from China infested with moulds and with insects
  • fenamiphos (0.096 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • poor hygienic state of red peppers from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control (> 12.2 °C) of chilled seabass (Dicentrarchus spp) and chilled tuna (Thunnus spp) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Stanley and acephate (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen okra from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, of colour E 122 – azorubine, of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC and of colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (combined level of dyes > 300 mg/kg – ppm) in marshmallows from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in food supplement from the United States

(Source: EU RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 16 – 2014

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in pepper corns in glass pepper mill, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, France, Hungary and Romania;

– Allergens: undeclared cashew nut in chocolate hazelnut mix, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

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

– Composition: unauthorised substance androstenedione and progesterone in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Czech Republic), notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Spain;

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen shark cutlets, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Slovenia;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Switzerland;

– Pesticide residues: methomyl in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Peru (via Netherlands), notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pesticide residues: fenitrothion in oranges, following company’s own check. Origin Egypt, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria and France;

– Poor or insufficient controls: unpurified area B mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Italy, Monaco and Switzerland.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Peru, bacterial contamination of canned skipjack tuna from Thailand, aflatoxins in pistachio kernels from Iran, blanched groundnut kernels from Brazil and in chilli peppers from India, ochratoxin A in nutmeg from India, attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in fresh dried beans from Nigeria, unauthorised substance sildenafil in instant coffee from China, unauthorised novel food turkey tail mushroom (Coriolus versicolor) to be used in food supplement from the United States, profenofos, quinalphos and tebuconazole in pennywort (Centella) from Sri Lanka, carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey, fosthiazate in fresh mint from Morocco, methamidophos, acephate and hexaconazole in chilli from India, malathion in fresh oranges from Egypt, dimethoate in fresh peas from Kenya and amitraz in dried goji bery from China.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification followed by a withdrawal from the market for:

– Migration: phthalate di(2-propylheptylphtalate (DPHP) unauthorised from tube drinking glasses, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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