Food recalls in EU – Week 2/2015

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:

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (12.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (57.42 µg/kg – ppb) in sprats pate from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece.

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

Heavy metals: migration of cadmium (0.376 mg/kg – ppm) from canned pear halves in light syrup from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Composition: unauthorised substances methyl-synephrine, phenethylamine and phenethylamine derivative (beta-methylphenethylamine) in food supplement from the United States, via the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland;

– Food additives and flavourings: too high content of thujone (48 mg/l) in absinthe 55 essence from Sweden, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also in Luxembourg;

– Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite (54 mg/kg – ppm) in shelled walnuts from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite (95 mg/kg – ppm) in white corn in salt brine from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 6.7; Tot. = 27.5 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Portugal.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.3; Tot. = 26 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios from Turkey;
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 20; Tot. = 25.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran and from Turkey (B1 = 545; Tot. = 559 / B1 = 251; Tot. = 308 µg/kg – ppb);
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28.1; Tot. = 31.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts blanched from China;
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.3; Tot. = 5.28 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from China;
  • carbendazim (0.87 mg/kg – ppm), metalaxyl (0.12 mg/kg – ppm) and azoxystrobin (0.59 mg/kg – ppm) in various exotic fruits from Vietnam;
  • chlorpyrifos (0.44 mg/kg – ppm), cypermethrin (1.68 mg/kg – ppm), acetamiprid (0.25; 1.05 mg/kg – ppm), imidacloprid (0.38 mg/kg – ppm) and cyhalothrin (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance dinotefuran (0.32 mg/kg – ppm) in jasmine, oolong and high mountain green tea from Taiwan;
  • FCM: corrosion of cake pan from China;
  • cyhalothrin (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.07 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria;
  • cypermethrin (3.6 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco;
  • formetanate (1.311 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey;
  • FCM: migration of formaldehyde (20.7; 24.1 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine tableware from China;
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.43 mg/kg – ppm) from steel grating from Turkey;
  • profenofos (0.02 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.049 mg/kg – ppm) in mangetout peas from Kenya;
  • pyridaben (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.16 mg/kg – ppm) in chinese broccoli (Brassica oleracea) from China, via Hong Kong;
  • Salmonella anatum (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India;
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds and sesame seeds from India;
  • Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken breast fillets and frozen skinless spiced turkey from Brazil;
  • triazophos (0.99 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance profenofos (7.5 mg/kg – ppm) in curry leaves from India;
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria;
  • unauthorised substance monocrotophos (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) and permethrin (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) in okra from India;
  • unsuitable organoleptic characteristics (black colour and bad smell) of tuna chunks in brine from the Seychelles with defective packaging and infested with insects.

Food recalls in EU – Week 20 – 2014

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen sliced swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Italy;

– Composition: risk of overdosage with nicotinic acid from food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom (via Netherlands), notified by France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in pitted green olives, following a consumer complaint. Origin Spain, notified by United Kingdom.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow-up, we find two recalls from consumers:

– Composition: unauthorised substance magnesium aspartate in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Sweden, notified by Finland;

Pathogenic micro-organism: Salmonella Spp. in sausages, following a food poisoning. Origin Spain, notified by France.

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

– Allergens: undeclared soya in spicy pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Slovakia;

– Composition: high content of morphine in blue poppy seeds, following an official control in non-member country. Origin France (packaged in Slovakia, via Czech Republic), notified by Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in murex sea snails, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Hungary;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by cherry tomatoes, following a food poisoning. Origin Morocco (via France), notified by France, distributed also to Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovakia and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen minced meat, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by France.

Regarding border rejections we have, first of all, an recall from consumers for:

– Pesticides residues: carbendazim in parboiled basmati rice, following a border control. Origin India, notified by Italy;

Among the others, we have moreover,  aflatoxins in shelled almonds from the United States, groundnuts from China, in pistachio kernels from Syria, via Turkey, in groundnuts in shell from Egypt and in groundnut kernels from India, absence of certified analytical report for fig jam from Turkey, attempt to illegally import shelled groundnuts from Ghana and paan/betel leaves from Bangladesh, dead insects (maggots) in and poor hygienic state of brown and red beans from Nigeria, procymidone in yardlong beans from Thailand, carbendazim in parboiled basmati rice from India, cadmium in frozen cooked mussels from Chile, norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, too high content of sulphite in dried fruit (kiwi slices) from China, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India, residue level above MRL for tetracycline  in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, poor temperature control of frozen tuna from the Seychelles, undeclared egg in frozen crab sticks and lobster tails (surimi) and in frozen surimi preparations from China.

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

For food contact materials we have an information for attention notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

– Migration of formaldehyde and too high level of overall migration in melamine ware, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Cyprus.

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