Food recalls in EU – Week 17/2015

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:

– FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (aniline: 0.07; 0.01; 0.02 mg/kg – ppm) from colander with strainer from Turkey, via Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus.

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in toffees selection from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.03; 0.047; 0.062 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet pepper from Hungary, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Hungary.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

Allergens: undeclared soya (4.96 mg/kg – ppm) in pate with goose meat from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– Biotoxins: yessotoxin (YTX) (5.30 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mussels from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to France;

– Biotoxins: yessotoxin (YTX) (5.625 mg/kg – ppm) in mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria an Czech Republic;

– Composition: unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (dithiodesmethylcarbodenafil, desmethylcarbodenafil and carbodenafil) in food supplement from Latvia, via Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish fillets from Vietnam, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (benzo(a)pyrene: 902.5; sum PAH: 3189 µg/kg – ppb) in organic chlorella from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic and United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 51.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen and chilled turkey cutting parts from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Spain.

4. Seizures:

In Belgium, following official controls on the market, we had seizures for:

– high content of lead (43.8 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India;

– mercury (1.37 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via the Netherlands;

– mercury (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from Germany.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.4; Tot. = 13.9 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.7; Tot. = 31.8 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled groundnuts, in peanut butter (B1 = 5.0; Tot. = 14.3 / B1 = 4.2; Tot. = 12.9 / B1 = 2.2; Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) and in peanuts (B1 = 3.2 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28; Tot. = 29 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 90; Tot. = 100) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32.2 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • biphenyl (3.33 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in black olives in brine from Egypt
  • corrosion of canned bamboo shoots from China with defective packaging
  • dead insects (30.6 %) in organic dried figs from Turkey
  • imazalil (0.140 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • malathion (0.109 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of chromium (>0.1 mg/l), of nickel (>0.1 mg/l) and of manganese (>0.1 mg/l) from steel knives from Vietnam
  • FCM: migration of manganese (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (34 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel thermos from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.2; 0.3 mg/kg – ppm) from airwave ovens grids from China
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (158 mg/dm²) from plastic pallet from China
  • missing import declaration for mint from Vietnam
  • poor temperature control ( -6.5, -9.2, -9.2 & -11 °C) of frozen cape hake (Merluccius capensis) and deepwater hake (Merluccius paradoxus) from Namibia
  • residue level above MRL for albendazole (245 µg/kg – ppb) in corned beef from Brazil
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in fish meal from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen meat preparations from Brazil and Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted chicken breast from Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • sweetener E 950 – acesulfame k unauthorised in fruit juice from Georgia
  • too high content of sulphite (2569 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • triazophos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India
  • unauthorised genetically modified (CRY1Ab/Ac; T-nos) rice spaghetti and rice vermicelli from China
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.24 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India
  • unauthorised substance permethrin (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit (Pitaya) from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU – Week 35/2014

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

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

– Allergens: undeclared gluten, egg and mustard in burger saucefollowing company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France.

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

– Biotoxins: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in chilled scallops, following an official control on the market. Origin Norway, notified by Norway, distributed also to Netherlands and Spain;

– Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite in dried apricot, following a border control. Origin Uzbekistan, notified by Latvia, distributed also to Poland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Iran (via Poland), notified by Slovakia;

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in enoki mushrooms, following company’s own check. Origin South Korea, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked halibut fillets, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by France;

– Pesticide residues: carbendazim in pitahaya, following company’s own check. Origin Vietnam, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia and Switzerland.

In Italy we have also a seizure of frozen kebab from Germany, due to the presence of Salmonella.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in pistachios from Iran, in crushed ground chilli powder from India and in ground nutmeg from Indonesia (via United States);

– too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, unauthorised animal ingredient (egg white) and unauthorised use of colour E 132 – indigotine / indigo carmine in noodles from Japan;

– unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in and insufficient labelling (tartrazine E102) of sugar coated fennel seeds from India;

– shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand;

– norovirus in frozen cooked whole brown clams from Vietnam;

– unauthorised genetically modified (Cry1Ab) rice vermicelli from China;

– chlorpyriphos, dimethomorph, boscalid, kresoxim-methyl, pyraclostrobin and metrafenone in pickled vine leaves from Turkey;

– triazophos, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in green tea from Turkey;

– methomyl and thiodicarb in sweet peppers from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried prunes from Uzbekistan;

– residue level above MRL for copper in vine leaves from Turkey;

histamine in frozen yellowfin tuna from Panama;

– poor temperature control of frozen shrimps from Peru and of frozen octopus and white grouper from Mauritania;

– dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorobifenyls in palm kernel fatty acid disillate from Malaysia;

– absence of health certificate(s) for chilled seabream from Senegal unfit for human consumption;

– sunflower meal from Ukraine infested with moulds (visible mould growth on the surface and inside the product, color changed to greygreen with brown and green spots, repulsive odor).

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

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of formaldehyde and of melamine from melamine boards from China and melamine plates from Hong Kong. Outer coating coming off from knives from China.

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