Food recalls in EU – Week 36/2015

After a summer break our weekly report is coming back. In the week 32-35 we had a couple of interesting and/or widespread alerts, followed by recalls from consumers, namely:

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in coriander cumin powder from India, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France and Poland;

 Allergens: undeclared mustard in curry paste from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland; (spices once again!)

– Allergens: too high content of gluten (80 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten-free barleygrass powder from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

Foreign bodies: glass fragments in jar containing pickled capers from Germany, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Luxembourg;

Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in branflakes from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (< 10 CFU/g) in chilled sandwich with ham and butter from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella (presence /25g) in chilled sausages from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 565; Tot. = 613.6 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Lebanon, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence/25g) in chilled marinated grill ribs from Austria, following company’s own check. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Italy.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (7.8 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (calculated: 59.8 µg/kg – ppb) in pumpkin seed oil from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis (in 1 out of 12/25g) in chilled chicken breast fillets from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark.

4. Seizures:

None.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of certified analytical report for dried fig jam from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 14.27; Tot. = 28.47 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (85.25 µg/kg – ppb) in berbere spice mix from Ethiopia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed chilli from India, via the United Arab Emirates
  • altered organoleptic characteristics of frozen boneless beef manufactured in Namibia, with raw material from South Africa
  • damaged packaging of canned skipjack tuna fillets (Katsuwonus [Euthynnus] pelamis) from Cape Verde
  • dimethoate (0.09 mg/kg – ppm) in pea pods from Kenya
  • dithiocarbamates (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance 3-hydroxycarbofuran (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam
  • high content of lead (0.171 mg/kg – ppm) in mushrooms in brine from Vietnam and (4.68 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India
  • mercury (1.19 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) from South Korea
  • mercury (1.83; 0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplements from India
  • myclobutanil (0.21 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh mint from Morocco
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (clear signs of defrosting) of frozen croaker, cuttlefish and squid from India and poor temperature control of frozen shrimps (Penaeus vannamei) from Ecuador
  • prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (6.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried casings from China
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leves from India
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 5 out of 5 samples) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • unauthorised operator for chicken meat preparation (Gallus domesticus) from Saudi Arabia
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in dagon fruit from Vietnam
  • unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (18.8; 32.7 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from China
  • Vibrio (presence /25g) in frozen shrimps from Vietnam

Food recalls in EU – Week 17/2015

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:

– FCM: migration of primary aromatic amines (aniline: 0.07; 0.01; 0.02 mg/kg – ppm) from colander with strainer from Turkey, via Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus.

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in toffees selection from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.03; 0.047; 0.062 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet pepper from Hungary, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Hungary.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

Allergens: undeclared soya (4.96 mg/kg – ppm) in pate with goose meat from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– Biotoxins: yessotoxin (YTX) (5.30 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mussels from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to France;

– Biotoxins: yessotoxin (YTX) (5.625 mg/kg – ppm) in mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria an Czech Republic;

– Composition: unauthorised substance sildenafil thiono analogue (dithiodesmethylcarbodenafil, desmethylcarbodenafil and carbodenafil) in food supplement from Latvia, via Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by France;

– Heavy metals: mercury (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish fillets from Vietnam, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (benzo(a)pyrene: 902.5; sum PAH: 3189 µg/kg – ppb) in organic chlorella from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic and United Kingdom;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 51.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen and chilled turkey cutting parts from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Spain.

4. Seizures:

In Belgium, following official controls on the market, we had seizures for:

– high content of lead (43.8 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India;

– mercury (1.37 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via the Netherlands;

– mercury (0.14 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from Germany.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.4; Tot. = 13.9 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 27.7; Tot. = 31.8 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled groundnuts, in peanut butter (B1 = 5.0; Tot. = 14.3 / B1 = 4.2; Tot. = 12.9 / B1 = 2.2; Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) and in peanuts (B1 = 3.2 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 28; Tot. = 29 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 90; Tot. = 100) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32.2 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • biphenyl (3.33 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in black olives in brine from Egypt
  • corrosion of canned bamboo shoots from China with defective packaging
  • dead insects (30.6 %) in organic dried figs from Turkey
  • imazalil (0.140 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • malathion (0.109 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • FCM: migration of chromium (>0.1 mg/l), of nickel (>0.1 mg/l) and of manganese (>0.1 mg/l) from steel knives from Vietnam
  • FCM: migration of manganese (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (34 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel thermos from China
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.2; 0.3 mg/kg – ppm) from airwave ovens grids from China
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (158 mg/dm²) from plastic pallet from China
  • missing import declaration for mint from Vietnam
  • poor temperature control ( -6.5, -9.2, -9.2 & -11 °C) of frozen cape hake (Merluccius capensis) and deepwater hake (Merluccius paradoxus) from Namibia
  • residue level above MRL for albendazole (245 µg/kg – ppb) in corned beef from Brazil
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in fish meal from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen meat preparations from Brazil and Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen salted chicken breast from Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • sweetener E 950 – acesulfame k unauthorised in fruit juice from Georgia
  • too high content of sulphite (2569 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • triazophos (0.04 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India
  • unauthorised genetically modified (CRY1Ab/Ac; T-nos) rice spaghetti and rice vermicelli from China
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.24 mg/kg – ppm) in rice from India
  • unauthorised substance permethrin (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit (Pitaya) from Vietnam