Food recalls in EU – Week 47/2015

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:

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for sesame sauce from China
  • acetamiprid (0.682 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.5; Tot. = 17.2 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, in dried fig cubes (B1 = 9.7; Tot. = 21.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in dried figs with rice flour (B1 = 18.49; Tot. = 19.2 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 12.9; Tot. = 14.6 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachios in shell from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.9; Tot. = 16.1 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.44 / B1 = 3.46 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts blanched from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and in granulated dried chili (B1 = 69; Tot. = 77 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • attempt to illegally import frozen hake (Merluccius merluccius) from Senegal
  • benzo(a)pyrene (3.73 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (14.35 µg/kg – ppb) in refined bleached deodorized palm olein from Malaysia
  • chlorpyrifos (0.42 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance phenthoate (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine (whole black picual olives) from Egypt
  • E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in carbonated drink from Kuwait
  • ethion (0.17 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Iran
  • FEED: Salmonella (presence in 4 of 13 samples /25g) in fish meal from Mauritania
  • fosthiazate (0.063 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Belize
  • mercury (0.84 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) from Tunisia
  • Salmonella (detected /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (O142:H38 /25g) in frozen boneless beef (bos taurus) from Brazil
  • tau-fluvalinate (0.027 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • too high content of vitamin D (2500% of NRVs), of vitamin B12 (40000% of NRVs) and of vitamin E (2225% NRVs) and unauthorised novel food ingredient leaves of Annona muricata and novel food ingredient raspberry ketone in food supplements from the United States
  • unauthorised substance dithiocarbamates (0.093 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU/Week 42

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled salads, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Indiana in chilled and frozen whole chicken, chicken cuts and chicken liver, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pesticide residues: chlorothalonil and dimethoate in fresh endives, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten and egg in baby food, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

Between the information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus enterotoxigenic in gnocchi, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Germany.

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

– Industrial contaminants: too high content of hydrogen peroxid in chocolate & vanilla desert, following a consumer complaint. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Germany;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in whole emmer wheat pasta, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

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

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: diclazuril unauthorised in chilled equine carcasses, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified from Portugal, distributed also to Italy.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, raw pistachios in shell from Iran and from Iran (dispatched from Turkey), in sweet shelled almond kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), in almonds from the United States, in crushed chillies from India, in whole nutmegs from Indonesia and groundnuts from Brazil;

– sulphite unauthorised in apple drink from Lebanon;

– unsuitable organoleptic characteristics of nutmeg from Indonesia infested with moulds;

– Salmonella spp in paan leaves from India;

– methomyl in peppers from Turkey;

– carbendazim and unauthorised substances hexaconazole and isoprothiolane in fresh celery from Cambodia;

– methamidophos and acephate in red chili peppers from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen catfish  and Pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– tuna chunks in brine from the Seychelles with defective packaging;

– benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in unrefined soybean oil from Ukraine;

– unauthorised substance molybdenum chelate in food supplement from the United States;

– E 363 – succinic acid unauthorised in vodka from Russia.

For feed, we have an alert notification, followed by the withdrawal from the market of the product:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: possible presence of Bacillus anthracis in beef bones for feed, following an official control on the market. Origin Slovakia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

and border rejections for Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Mauritania, unauthorised genetically modified cotton seeds from Côte d’Ivoire, aflatoxins in birdfeed from India and too high count of Enterobacteriaceae in dog chews from Thailand.

For food contact materials we have an alert notification, followed by a recall from consumers for:

– Migration of lead from springform heart shape, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia;

and border rejections for migration of manganese from grill plate and of formaldehyde from kitchenware from China.

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