Food recalls in EU – Week 46/2015

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:

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • abnormal smell of and dead mites and dead insects, in black pepper husk from India
  • absence of health certificate(s) for mirin (rice wine) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 23.76; Tot. = 47.04 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs and in shelled hazelnuts (Tot. = 43.6 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 31; Tot. = 34 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from the United States and from Iran (B1 = 32.7; Tot. = 34.7 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 52.5; Tot. = 57.6 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.7; Tot. = 8.3 µg/kg – ppb) in cheese flavoured snacks from the Philippines
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 8.8; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chia seeds from Paraguay
  • chlorpyrifos (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (34.1 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (66.6 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for food preparation from Brazil
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of nickel (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) from chromium-coated steel grill for microwave from China, via Hong Kong
  • formetanate (0.334 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • fosthiazate (0.044 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen clams from South Korea
  • mercury (0.95 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Tunisia
  • methomyl (0.095 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.082 mg/kg – ppm) in yardlong beans (Vigna unguiculata) from the Dominican Republic
  • poor temperature control of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • procymidone (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh garlic stems from China
  • propamocarb (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopicolide (0.034 mg/kg – ppm) in peas (Pisum sativum) from Kenya
  • Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • spoilage of chilled bananas, pineapples, lemons and avocados from Ecuador infested with moulds
  • too high content of sulphite (3556 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in oolong tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in various flavour noodles from the Philippines.

Food recalls in EU/Week 39

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

Allergens: undeclared fish in canned stuffed green olives, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Bermuda, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in frozen ratatouille, following a consumer complaint. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in raspberries, following food poisoning. Origin Serbia, notified from Denmark, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium in frozen burgers, following company’s own check. Origin Ireland, notified by Ireland, distributed also to Denmark, France, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp in chicken burgers, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen pangasius, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria and Sweden.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– live insects (worms) in dried apricots from Uzbekistan and in raisins from Turkey;

– too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey;

– shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef from Argentina;

– pirimiphos-methyl in chickpeas from Argentina;

– absence of health certificate(s) for white rice vinegar , rice and rice products from China;

– aflatoxins in blanched groundnuts from Brazil;

– Salmonella Weltevreden in frozen banana leaves from Thailand.

For feed, we have a border rejection for Salmonella spp in roasted guar meal 40% from India.

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

– Nylon turners for migration of primary aromatic amines, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via United Kingdom and Slovakia), notified by Poland;

and a border rejection for migration of manganese and of bisphenol A and too high level of overall migration from carbon steel with non-stick coating baking trays from China.

Related articles