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

Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2014

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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen raw whole chicken, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Finland.

Between the information for follow-up notifications, we can find another recall from consumers:

Novel foods: unauthorised novel food ingredient tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) in tongkat ali extract powder, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Finland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in chilled chicken steaks and skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in frozen pork shashlyk, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in tahina sesame grain, following an official control on the market. Origin Lebanon (via Poland), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany and Spain.

We have also a seizure in Italy of frozen roe deer meat for further processing, due to the presence of Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli. Origin: Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in groundnuts from Argentina and Brazil, in in-shell groundnuts, roasted and salted peanuts from China, in pistachios from Iran (also via United Arab Emirates), in dried stemless red chillies from India and in shelled groundnuts from India (via Egypt);

– mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt and in frozen barracuda fillets from Senegal;

– live insects in almond kernels from the United States and whole star anise from China infested with moulds;

– residue level above MRL for copper (130 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried apricots from Uzbekistan;

– chlorpyriphos in fresh yard long beans from the Dominican Republic;

– E 1520 – propylene glycol, E 999 – extract of quillaia, E 492 – sorbitan tristearate and E 459 – beta-cyclodextrin unauthorised and unauthorised food additive monosodium aspartate in frozen surimi preparations from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– unauthorised novel food ingredient Coriolus versicolor in food supplement from the United States;

– unauthorised irradiation of red yeast rice extract from China;

unauthorised substance chlorfluazuron in tea from China.

For feed, we have a seizure of dog chews in Austria for presence of Salmonella Spp. Origin Germany.

For food contact materials we have and information for attention, followed by a recall from the consumers:

Heavy metals: migration of cadmium and of lead from glass mugs, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Poland;

and several border rejections for migration of formaldehyde from melamine spoons, migration of chromium from steel peeler and migration of chromium and manganese from kitchen scissors from China.

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