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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Food recalls in EU – Week 34

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak (20 cases, 12 people dead) caused by Listeria Monocytogenes in lamb-roll sausages, following food poisoning. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Norway and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in raw milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Reunion, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in whole eggs and whole eggs sleeved pasteurized, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Czech Republic and Greenland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis phagetype D6 in tagliatelle, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Ireland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Clostridium botulinum in frozen scallops, following food poisoning. Origin United Kingdom (via Canada), notified by Norway;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in semi-preserved anchovies, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by chilled mussels, following food poisoning. Origin Spain, notified by France;

Non pathogenic micro-organisms: contamination with algae of live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium and France.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in crushed chilli and shelled groundnuts from India, in peanuts and groundnuts from China ;

– Salmonella in frozen salted chicken from Thailand and in fresh oregano from Turkey;

– unauthorised use of colour E 124 – Ponceau 4R / cochineal red A in preserved vegetables from Japan;

– blanched hazelnut kernels from Turkey and whole nutmegs from India infested with moulds;

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

– poor hygienic state (dirty and soaked cartons) of frozen shrimps from India;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen king prawns and raw prawns from India;

– anthraquinone and unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad in black tea from China;

carbendazim and dimethoate in green beans from Kenya;

formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey;

carbaryl in fresh peppers from Thailand;

–  chlorfenapyr in broccoli from China.

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

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from glass jar containing garlic and coriander paste from Thailand.

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