Food recalls in EU – Week 13/2015

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 celery in chicken and herb pie from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Allergens: undeclared almond in paprika from Spain, via Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Austria, Finland, Namibia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden;

– Composition: high content of iodine (33 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from China, via the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak (Staphylococcal enterotoxin) suspected to be caused by raw milk cheese from France, following food poisoning. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany and Spain;

– Re-crystallised creatine in, suffocation risk and risk of mouth injury as a result of the consumption of chocolate and strawberry flavoured cyclone milk from Austria, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Food additives and flavorings: too high content of E 210 – benzoic acid (6000 mg/kg – ppm) in salted radish from Thailand, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 61.1; Tot. = 78.5 / B1 = 83.7; Tot. = 107.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China, via Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– Poor or insufficient controls: unauthorised operator for frozen chicken cuts from Poland, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Denmark and Netherlands.

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for polyamide kitchenware from China
  • absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for fig and hazelnut snacks from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19.8; Tot. = 24.4 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 25.2; Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran and in pistachios in shell (B1 = 170.7; Tot. = 186.6 µg/kg – ppb), via Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 40.5; Tot. = 74.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 50.5; Tot. = 64.4 / B1 = 70.2; Tot. = 90.5 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from the Gambia
  • attempt to illegally import, absence of health certificate(s), absence of labelling on and of certified analytical report for roasted groundnuts from Ghana
  • biphenyl (0.461 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • clofentezine (0.072 mg/kg – ppm) in courgettes from Turkey
  • cyproconazole (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in ginger from Nicaragua
  • ethephon (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in red grapes from Peru
  • formetanate (0.887 mg/kg – ppm) in gherkins from Turkey
  • lead (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen raspberries from Ukraine
  • FCM: migration of chromium (1.7 mg/kg – ppm) from set of knives and from barbecue sets (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: peeler from China unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201)
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g), Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio Vulnificus in frozen shrimps (Penaeus monodon) from Vietnam
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted turkey from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan leaves from India
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in soy cakes from Ukraine
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Epimedium in gingseng tonic from South Korea
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India and in oranges (0.514 mg/kg – ppm) from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 50

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

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notification from Luxembourg, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in blanched groundnuts, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via Netherlands), notification from Malta;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin producing Escherichia Coli in chilled beef carpaccio, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notification from Germany;

Foreign bodies: piece of plexiglass in frozen red cabbage (with apple), following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

Pesticide residues: didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC) in baby food, following a border inspection and consignment release. Origin Morocco, notification from Norway.

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

 Heavy metals: mercury in chilled swordfish loins, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

In Belgium we have also a seizure of strawberries from Egypt for presence of residues of pyridalyl, following a border control.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in paan leaves from Bangladesh and India and in frozen poultry meat preparations from Brazil, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen salted chicken breast fillets from Brazil, propargite in stuffed vine leaves with rice from Lebanon, absence of health certificate for roasted groundnuts from India, aflatoxins in dried figs and in organic hazelnuts from Turkey, in peanuts, groundnuts, groundnuts kernels and groundnuts in shell from China, flubendiamide in fresh mint from Morocco, unauthorised placing on the market of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) from China, too high content of E 200 – sorbic acid in dried pitted prunes from Argentina, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, red raisins from China infested with larvae of insects, unauthorised irradiation of food supplements from Russia, poor temperature control of frozen shrimps from Argentina, prohibited substance chloramphenicol in frozen crayfish from China, poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen squids from South Korea, buprofezin, pyridaben, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in tea from China, buprofezin and triazophos in black tea from Hong Kong and aflatoxins and fumonisins in maize from Egypt.

For food contact material we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a recall from consumers, for deterioration of organoleptic characteristics of food in contact with and colour migration from silicone ice cube moulds, following an official control on the market. Origin (via) Netherlands, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria and Belgium.

We have also border rejections for migration of chromium from potatoes slicers with stainless steel blades from China, absence of health certificate for kitchen utensils from China, via the United States, and too high level of overall migration from plastic dishes from Bosnia and Herzegovina.