Food recalls in EU is back – Week 7/2016

Dear readers, the weekly articles about EU food recalls is back with a slightly modified format, to be even more immediate. January was an hectic period and I had big changes in my firm: that will lead to better organisation and an enhanced capacity to answer regulatory services requests, but it took me energy and time.

Soon you will have more information via the blog.

This week on EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for food and feed) we can find the following relevant notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

  • Migration of melamine (3.1 mg/l) from melamine bowl from China, via Spain and via Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Luxembourg, Serbia and Slovenia.

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

None.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (210 CFU/g) in frozen olive focaccia brie oregano from Portugal, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom;
  • Metal particles (< 1 cm) in canned tortellini from Austria, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries Concerned Subject Action taken
Denmark Denmark, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 100; Tot. = 160 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts from Turkey placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 13.49 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted hazelnuts from Turkey re-dispatch
United Kingdom Brazil (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 15.7 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts from Brazil use for other purpose than food/feed
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 15.3; Tot. = 16 µg/kg – ppb) in sweet apricot kernels from Turkey informing recipients
Slovenia Commission Services, Hungary, India (O), Slovenia, United States aflatoxins (B1 = 29.5; Tot. = 32.5 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg in shell from India, via the United States
Bulgaria Bulgaria, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 3.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from the United States placed under customs seals
France France, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 3.3; Tot. = 24.1 µg/kg – ppb) in whole organic hazelnut kernels from Turkey return to consignor
Italy Egypt (O), Italy, San Marino (D) aflatoxins (B1 = 38.1; Tot. = 41.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from Egypt placed under customs seals
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 75.9; Tot. = 116.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from Egypt placed under customs seals
Italy Azerbaijan (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 9.5; Tot. = 10.2 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Azerbaijan re-dispatch
Malta China (O), Malta aflatoxins (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 12.0 / B1 = 4.5; Tot. = 5.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanuts from China placed under customs seals
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 32.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnuts from Turkey official detention
Portugal Iran (O), Portugal, Turkey fenpropathrin (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and ethion (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance propargite (0.030 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Iran, via Turkey re-dispatch
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus (presence) in chilled clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus (presence) in chilled clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Italy, Tunisia (O) hepatitis A virus in grooved carpet shells (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia destruction
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) in canned cat food from Thailand import not authorised
Netherlands Brazil (O), Netherlands poor temperature control (-14 <–>-6 °C) of frozen salted skinless half chicken breasts from Brazil import not authorised
Italy Italy, Turkey (O) prochloraz (1.5 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
United Kingdom India (O), United Kingdom Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India import not authorised
Cyprus Cyprus, Ukraine (O) Salmonella (presence /25g) and Salmonella Senftenberg (presence /25g) in rapeseed meal from Ukraine official detention
United Kingdom India (O), United Kingdom Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India import not authorised
Germany Germany, Thailand (O) Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen salted chicken breasts from Thailand re-dispatch
Slovenia India (O), Slovenia Salmonella Isangi (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India placed under customs seals
France Brazil (O), France, Netherlands shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+, stx2- /25g) in chilled boneless beef meat (Bos taurus) from Brazil destruction
Bulgaria Bulgaria, China (O) spoilage of peanuts in shell from China infested with moulds re-dispatch
Spain Spain, Turkey (O) too high content of sulphite (2314-3399 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey re-dispatch
Czech Republic Czech Republic, Vietnam (O) unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.25 mg/kg – ppm), hexaconazole (0.058 mg/kg – ppm), diafenthiuron (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.079 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh chilli peppers from Vietnam official detention

(Source: RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 16/2015

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:

– Packaging defective: breakage of glass wine bottle Ottoventi Punto from Italy, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (1800 CFU/g) in raw cow’s milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Germany and Hong Kong.

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

– Improper storage (infested with rats) of confectionery products from Denmark, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany;

– Biocontaminants: histamine (1648 mg/kg – ppm) in canned tuna from Ecuador, following an official control on the market. Notified by France.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient (> 20000 mg/kg – ppm) in toast with vegetable fats from Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– Allergens: traces of fish (tuna) in chicken meat meal from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Allergens: undeclared hazelnut (36.6; 34.2 mg/kg – ppm) in chocolate spread from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in sundried tomatoes with balsamico vinegar in glass jar from Italy, following company’s own check . Notified by Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (presence /25g) in frozen deboned chicken thigh fillets from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Slovakia.

4. Seizures:

In Bulgaria we had a seizure of fish meal (feed), declared from Latvia, for unclear origin. Distributed also to Czech Republic.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for groundnuts from Ghana
  • acetamiprid (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from Hong Kong and from Serbia (0.5 mg/kg – ppm), with raw material from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 126; Tot. = 145 / B1 = 38.1; Tot. = 43.4 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios and pistachios in shell (B1 = 76.2; Tot. = 83.4 µg/kg – ppb) from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 16.4; Tot. = 18.4 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled pistachios from Afghanistan, via Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.9; Tot. = 22.3 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.7; Tot. = 4.5 / B1 = 3.0; Tot. = 3.6 µg/kg – ppb) in crunchy coconut peanuts from Thailand
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 72.4; Tot. = 77.2 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled groundnuts and groundnuts (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 11 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 8.1; Tot. = 9.4 µg/kg – ppb) in agushie powder and seeds from Ghana
  • cadmium (1.30 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen European squid (Loligo vulgaris) from Iran and in frozen jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas) (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • histamine (734.9 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen anchovies (Engraulis anchoita) from Argentina
  • malathion (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) in beans from Madagascar
  • FCM: metal flask from China unfit for use as food contact material (XRD confirmed AISI 201)
  • FCM: migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) (410 mg/kg – ppm) from lids on glass jars of garlic in oil from China
  • FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (0.0616 mg/kg – ppm) from kitchenware from China
  • organic dried apricots from Uzbekistan, via Turkey contaminated with faeces (10.8 %)
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen deep-water rose shrimps (Parapenaeus longirostris) from Algeria
  • poor temperature control (-1°C to -17.1°C) of frozen headless and gutted Nile perch (Lates niloticus) from Kenya
  • poor temperature control (7.9 <–> 12 °C) of chilled ostrich fillets from South Africa
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furaltadone (AMOZ) (2 µg/kg – ppb) in salted hog casings from Egypt
  • Salmonella Senftenberg (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India, via Moldova
  • Salmonella spp. (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds and sesame seeds (presence/25g) from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen turkey meat preparations, frozen chicken meat preparations (Gallus gallus), frozen poultry meat preparation and frozen spiced turkey medallions from Brazil
  • unauthorised irradiation (Glow Curve = 1867301) of herb extract (Orthosiphon stamineus) from China
  • unauthorised substance flupyradifuron (0.031 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers (Capsicum) from the Dominican Republic
  • unauthorised substance monocrotophos (0.038 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • unauthorised substances trichlorphon (0.097 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria