Food recalls in EU – Week 26

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 gluten in crispy fried onions from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance yohimbine (0.5 mg/item) in food supplement from the United States, via Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Migration: high content of DEHP – di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (93000; 120000 mg/kg – ppm) in placemat from Denmark, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Faeroe Islands, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in seasoning with vegetables from Croatia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany and Slovakia;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furaltadone (AMOZ) (0.89; 2.0; 1.47 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled rainbow trout from Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Romania.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Newport (presence/25g) in turkey breast from Germany, following an official control in a non member country. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: high content of morphine (59.13 mg/kg – ppm) in ground poppy seeds packaged in Slovakia, following company’s own check. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.4 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: dioxins (76.94 pg WHO TEQ/g) in cod liver from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Italy, Ireland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus (>120 000 CFU/g) and Bacillus cereus enterotoxin (2.65 µg/kg – ppb) in preserved red bean curd from China, following am official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Spain;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in pineapples from Benin, via France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of expiry date on frozen squid (Loligo chinensis) from China
  • absence of health certificate(s) for groundnuts from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32; Tot. = 36 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 41; Tot. = 52 / B1 = 12; Tot. = 14 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.9 µg/kg – ppb) in salted roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • attempt to illegally import (hidden under carab beans.) dried fish and shrimps from Ghana
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (totally defrosted) of frozen squid (Loligo spp.) from India, and from India via Vietnam
  • poor temperature control (+ 7.2; 5.2; 12.8; 10.2; 12.2; 13.2 °C) of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from the Philippines
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (presence /25g) in frozen boneless beef from Brazil
  • spoilage (decomposition) of chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Egypt and of frozen salted chicken from Thailand
  • too high content of E 211 – sodium benzoate (1000 mg/kg – ppm), E 202 – potassium sorbate (1000; 2000; 800 mg/kg – ppm), E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA), E 321 – butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) (presence) and E 223 – Sodium metabisulphite (presence) unauthorised in preserved vegetables from Mexico
  • traces of egg (0.063 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen threadfin bream (Nemipterus spp) from Thailand
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.07 mg/item) in peppers in brine from India

Food recalls in EU – Week 51

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 chilled smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to France, Germany and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Ireland, distributed also to France;

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in salmon salad, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France and Luxembourg;

Pesticide residues: carbendazim in white yams, following a company’s own check. Origin Ghana (via Italy), notification from France.

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

 Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in Guinea hen with duck liver from France, following a company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Spain;

Biotoxins: Azaspiracid Shellfish Poisoning (AZP) toxins in cooked mussels in white wine sauce, following a food poisoning. Origin Netherlands and Denmark, notification from Switzerland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chilled poultry meat, following a company’s own check. Origin Czech Republic and Poland, notification from Poland, distributed also to Bulgaria;

Allergens: traces of egg in tripe sauce, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Italy, distributed also to Germany;

Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in ready to eat infant food, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Netherlands.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Agona in in frozen poultry meat preparation, Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen spiced turkey breasts, Salmonella in frozen spiced turkey medallions and residue levels above MRL for tetracycline and for doxycycline in frozen salted chicken breasts from Brazil, Salmonella in frozen clams from Vietnam and in paan leaves from India, aflatoxins in pistachio in shell from Turkey, in runner groundnut kernels from Brazil, in Jamaican ground pepper from Mauritius and in crushed chilli from India, unauthorised novel food ingredient coriolus versicolor in mushroom blend powder from the United States, mercury in frozen swordfish from South Korea, spoilage and damaged packaging of canned clams from Chile, unauthorised import of fish meal from China, improper health certificate for sunflower oil from Ukraine, for okra from India and for mix of pepper rice and chilli from China, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India, poor temperature control of frozen deep-sea crabs from Brazil, presence of desiccative bag in direct contact with food supplement from the United States, migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lids of glass jars containing green and red curry pastes from Thailand, absence of certified analytical report for almond and almond chocolate butter from the United States, dead insects and excrements of insects in green bell pepper (powder) from China, unauthorised placing on the market (presence of milk powder) of tea from China, parathion-methyl in dried chick peas from India and malathion in dried beans from Egypt.

For food contact material we have a notification of information for follow-up and one of information for attention, followed by a recall from consumers, for:

 too high level of overall migration from pVC wrap film from Switzerland, via Turkey, notification from Greece, following an official control on the market;

– migration of primary aromatic amines from plastic kitchen utensil from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia.

For feed we have a notification of information for follow-up, followed by a recall from consumers;

– Salmonella Newport, paratyphi b and  typhimurium in frozen cat food from the Netherlands. Notification from Belgium.