Food recalls in EU – Week 23 – 2014

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in sliced bamboo, following company’s own check. Origin China, notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in frozen whole squids, following a border control. Origin Argentina, notified by France.

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Sweden;

– Food additives and flavorings: undeclared sulphitesin organic dried dates, following an official control on the market. Origin Tunisia (via Germany), notified by Poland; 

– Pathogenic micro organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark.

Amongst border rejections we have Bacillus cereus in red beancurd sauce from China, Salmonella spp. in frozen poultry preparation from Brazil and in paan leaves from India, aflatoxins in groundnuts and peanuts from India, in corn from Argentina and in groundnuts kernels without shell from India, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen sheep meat and lamb meat from New Zealand, high content of aluminium in noodles from China (via Hong Kong), absence of certified analytical report and of Common Entry Document (CED) for melon seeds from Nigeria and for paan leaves from India, quinalphos in peppers from Sri Lanka and clofentezine in peppers and fresh peppers from Turkey, methoxyfenozide in grape leaves in brine from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oloyin beans from Nigeria, carbendazim in parboiled basmati rice from Pakistan, buprofezin and imidacloprid in oolong tea from China, chlorpyriphos, buprofezin, acetamiprid and imidacloprid in green tea from China, poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – of frozen pandalid shrimps and frozen sardins from Morocco, of frozen tuna from New Zealand and of frozen skipjack Tuna from Cape Verde, damaged packaging of chilled greater amberjack from Tunisia, mercury in chilled sea beam from Egypt, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of silver scabbardfish from Morocco.

For feed, we have an alert notification, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in larynx of horse, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Sweden.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of lead from enamel trays and migration of formaldehyde from melamine bowl soccer 2014 from China.

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This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can’t find any recall from consumers in EU, between the notifications.
 
Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market:

Mycotoxins: fumonisins in yellow maize flour, following an official control in a non member country. Notification from Switzerland. Origin France (via Italy);

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in dry sausages, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Belgium;

–  Pathogenic micro-organism: Salmonella in raw milk sheep cheese, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates;

Allergens: undeclared soya in chicken pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

Allergens: undeclared soya in canned duck and wine pate, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: cadmium in frozen calamars, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notification from Belgium.

Between the information for follow-up, we find a seizure for unauthorised irradiation:

Unauthorised irradiation: radiation in canned crayfish in brine, following an official control on the market. Origin China/Denmark (via Austria), notification from Italy.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, absence of health certificates for seaweed rice crackers from China, aflatoxins in groundnuts from India, ochratoxin A in dried figs from Turkey, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in fresh vacuum packed boneless beef from Argentina and in frozen boneless beef and chilled beef from Brazil, high count of Enterobacteriaceae in dried parsley from Egypt, fenitrothion in dried beans from Argentina, formetanate and methomyl in fresh peppers from Turkey, too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in custard powder mango flavour from Pakistan, pentachlorophenol in guar gum from India, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled silver scabbardfish from Morocco, histamine in frozen skipjack tuna loins from Vietnam and cadmium in frozen cuttlefish from Yemen .

About food contact materials, we have an alert for migration of lead in ceramic cups with handle from Poland.