Food recalls in EU – Week 48/2015

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:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.081 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 125; Tot. = 147 / B1 = 47; Tot. = 53 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.6; Tot. = 17.4 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 17.4; Tot. = 18.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from Bangladesh
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.8; Tot. = 29.39 µg/kg – ppb) in organic hazelnuts, dried figs, (B1 = 32; Tot. = 36 / B1 = 99.1; Tot. = 162.3 / B1 = 16.3; Tot. = 17.29 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnuts (B1 = 64.95; Tot. = 75.06 µg/kg – ppb) and in crushed roasted hazelnuts (B1 = 7.4; Tot. = 22 / B1 = 9.6; Tot. = 22 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.0 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chillies from India
  • copper (115 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves in brine from Turkey
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 60.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts for bird feeding from Brazil
  • fenpropathrin (0.017 mg/kg – ppm) and imidacloprid (0.021 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen barramundi fillets (Lates spp) from China
  • improper health certificate(s) for shrimps (Penaeus duorarum) from Côte d’Ivoire with improper packaging (too porous)
  • ivermectin (4.0 µg/kg – ppb) unauthorised in frozen barramundi (Lates spp) from Vietnam
  • mercury (0.78 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control of frozen Argentine red shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) from Argentina, frozen crabs (Cardisoma spp) and frozen raw lobsters (Panulirus argus) from Honduras, frozen fillets of mackerel (Scomber spp) and dolphinfish (Coryphaena) from China
  • propargite (0.204 mg/kg – ppm) in dried tomatoes from Tunisia
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in chilled beef from Brazil
  • stones (1.2 %) in white pepper husk from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine (0.65 %) and unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF (47.5 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen sweet corn pastry from Colombia
  • too high content of sulphite (2143 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance aldrin in chilled peppers from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.5 mg/kg – ppm) in peas from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in black olives in brine from Peru

Food recalls in EU – Week 42

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can’t find any recall from consumers in EU, between the notifications.
 
Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

Mycotoxins: fumonisins in yellow maize flour, following an official control in a non member country. Notification from Switzerland. Origin France (via Italy);

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in dry sausages, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

–  Pathogenic micro-organism: Salmonella in raw milk sheep cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates;

Allergens: undeclared soya in chicken pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

Allergens: undeclared soya in canned duck and wine pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in frozen calamars, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notification from Belgium.

Between the information for follow-up, we find a seizure for unauthorised irradiation:

Unauthorised irradiation: radiation in canned crayfish in brine, following an official control on the market. Origin China/Denmark (via Austria), notification from Italy.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, absence of health certificates for seaweed rice crackers from China, aflatoxins in groundnuts from India, ochratoxin A in dried figs from Turkey, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in fresh vacuum packed boneless beef from Argentina and in frozen boneless beef and chilled beef from Brazil, high count of Enterobacteriaceae in dried parsley from Egypt, fenitrothion in dried beans from Argentina, formetanate and methomyl in fresh peppers from Turkey, too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in custard powder mango flavour from Pakistan, pentachlorophenol in guar gum from India, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled silver scabbardfish from Morocco, histamine in frozen skipjack tuna loins from Vietnam and cadmium in frozen cuttlefish from Yemen .

About food contact materials, we have an alert for migration of lead in ceramic cups with handle from Poland.