Food recalls in EU – Week 42/2015

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:

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 2.1; Tot. = 10.7 µg/kg – ppb) in barley from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.7; Tot. = 9.5 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut crackers from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 5.6; Tot. = 19.3) in roasted diced hazelnut kernels from Turkey
  • fenamiphos (0.126 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • metalaxyl (0.33 mg/kg – ppm) in black pepper seeds from Vietnam
  • FEED: Salmonella (presence /25g) in dog chew from Brazil
  • FEED: Salmonella (presence /25g) in poultry meal from Turkey
  • FEED: Salmonella Lexington and Derby (presence /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (8.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (45 mg/dm²) from stainless steel kitchen knives from China
  • poor temperature control (between 5.6 and 7.8 °C) of various chilled fish from India
  • pyridaben (0.014 mg/kg – ppm) and cyhalothrin (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) in black tea from China, via the United Arab Emirates
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella enterica in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella Orion (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • spoilage and poor hygienic state of chilled pineapples from Colombia
  • suffocation risk as a result of the consumption of and E 425 – konjac unauthorised in 3 colour water jelly from Taiwan
  • too high content of sulphite (788 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet apricot kernels (Prunus armeniaca L.) from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance dithiocarbamates (0.40 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 18/2015

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:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (positive) in camembert cheese from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (6700 CFU/g) in raw sheep’s milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Rissen (presence/25g) in organic chlorella powder from China, via the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by Ireland, distributed also to Slovenia.

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

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for dexamethasone (>3 µg/kg – ppb) in slaughter calves from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Biotoxins: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins (7166 µg/kg – ppb) in cockles, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

FCM – Composition: migration of aluminium (2.1 mg/l) from green ceramic bowls from China, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

Food poisoning suspected to be caused by mussels from Spain. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli (1300 MPN/100g) in rope mussels (Mytilus Edulis) from Ireland, following company’s own check. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (50 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Italy and Netherlands.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21.8; Tot. = 26.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 23.1; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in chilly powder and in red pepper ground (Capsicum spp) (B1 = 6.181 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.1; Tot. = 4 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from China
  • arsenic (11.7 mg/kg – ppm) and lead (8.3 mg/kg – ppm) in, attempt to illegally import calabash chalk from Ghana
  • attempt to illegally import live oysters and mussels from Senegal
  • chlorpyrifos (0.71 mg/kg – ppm) and buprofezin (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) in Sichuan green tea from China
  • formetanate (0.274 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • improper import declaration (product not heat-treated) for frozen cooked clams from Vietnam
  • FCM: migration of formaldehyde (19.7 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine kitchen and melamine plates (46.9 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (2.02 mg/kg – ppm) from polyamide kitchenware from China
  • poor temperature control of mackerel and other fish products from India
  • prohibited substance chloramphenicol (210 µg/kg – ppb) in enzyme powder from India
  • Salmonella Kentucky (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence), Salmonella Mbandaka (presence /25g) and Salmonella Orion (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen meat preparations and in frozen turkey meat preparations from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. in frozen salted chicken breast meat from Thailand
  • thiophanate-methyl (0.53 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.15 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh chilli peppers (Capsicum) from the Dominican Republic
  • unauthorised irradiation of red yeast rice extract from China
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (10.8 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad (0.079 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF (98 mg/l) in mirinda soft drink