Food recalls in EU – Week 24/2015

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:

– Allergens: traces of gluten (presence) in variety of chocolate flavoured brownie cake bars from the United Kingdom, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Foreign bodies: plastic fragments in milk chocolate bar with whole hazelnuts from Poland, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.55 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled vacuum packed swordfish fillets (Xiphias gladius) from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (6738.8; 10500 µg/kg – ppb) in corn meal from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in food for enteral use for children from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany;

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in wine from South Africa, following company’s own check. Notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter jejuni (11 positive samples: 800, 100,400, 200, 300, 3100, 9200, 400, 700, 600, 300 CFU/g) in fresh chicken from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: unauthorised substances progesterone (2.56 mg/kg – ppm) and androstenedione (3.02 mg/kg – ppm) in food supplement from India, via Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Composition: high content of iodine (2423 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from Japan, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands and United Kingdom;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (2.7 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH4 sum: 15.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled bacon from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey, packaged in Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and United Kingdom;

4. Seizures:

In Italy, following an official control on the market, we had a seizure for E 450 – diphosphate (2.37 g/kg) unauthorised in chilled vacuum packed yellow fin tuna from Spain.

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of health certificate(s) for curry leaves from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 13.1 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts, in blanched peanuts (B1 = 3.0 µg/kg – ppb), in blanched groundnut kernels (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (Tot. = 8.7 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 13.6; Tot. = 14.4 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 18.1; Tot. = 18.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled bitter almonds from Morocco
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 22.7; Tot. = 24.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (Tot. = 25 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled hazelnut from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos (0.41 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances profenofos (0.08 mg/kg – ppm) and dichlorvos (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria
  • deoxynivalenol (DON) (1240 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in popcorn (2308 µg/kg – ppb) from Serbia
  • dried vegetables from China infested with moulds and with insects
  • fenamiphos (0.096 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • poor hygienic state of red peppers from Tunisia
  • poor temperature control (> 12.2 °C) of chilled seabass (Dicentrarchus spp) and chilled tuna (Thunnus spp) from Mauritania
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella Stanley and acephate (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen okra from Vietnam
  • too high content of colour E 102 – tartrazine, of colour E 122 – azorubine, of colour E 129 – Allura Red AC and of colour E 133 – Brilliant Blue FCF (combined level of dyes > 300 mg/kg – ppm) in marshmallows from China
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in food supplement from the United States

(Source: EU RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 7 – 2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in raw milk cheese coated with grape marc, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to United Kingdom.

We have also one information for follow-up notification, followed by a recall:

– Composition: carbon monoxide treatment in chilled tuna, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

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

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notification from Hungary;

– Industrial contaminants: hydrogen peroxide in vanilla chocolate pudding, following food poisoning. Origin Germany, notification from Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene and heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Estonia, notification from Hungary;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notification from Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled beef shoulder, following an official control on the market. Origin and notification from Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Enteritidis in frozen raw chicken meat, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notification from France;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin Peru, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to France, Germany, Norway and Sweden;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance 17-alpha-boldenone in bull, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, animal slaughtered and notification from France, distributed also to Greece;

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella typhimurium in chicken breast from Thailand, Salmonella spp. in frozen meat preparations from Brazil and in seasoning mix from India. Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen bovine meat from Brazil. Norovirus in chilled clams from Tunisia, poor temperature control of frozen prawns from Greenland, histamine in frozen sardines from Morocco. Excrements of insects and live insects in instant noodles and in basmati rice from India. Absence of health certificate(s) for nuts mix from India. Unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in protein bar from the United States and E 216 – propyl p-hydroxybenzoate unauthorised in food supplement from Brazil. Unlabelled irradiation of dog chew from China. E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in soft drinks from the United States. Acetamiprid in pepper from the Dominican Republic and in tea from Morocco, acetamiprid and fipronil in green jasmine tea from Morocco, oxamyl in strawberries, dimethoate in fresh oranges and carbendazim in fresh artichokes from Egypt, chlorpyriphos-ethyl in mint from Morocco, procymidone, clofentezine and formentanate in sweet peppers from Turkey, prochloraz in chili peppers from Thailand.

For feed, we have an alert for mycotoxins (aflatoxins) in organic soybeans from Kazakhstan. Notification from Denmark.

For food contact materials we don’t have any notification this week.

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