Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen raw whole chicken, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Finland.

Between the information for follow-up notifications, we can find another recall from consumers:

Novel foods: unauthorised novel food ingredient tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) in tongkat ali extract powder, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Finland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in chilled chicken steaks and skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in frozen pork shashlyk, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in tahina sesame grain, following an official control on the market. Origin Lebanon (via Poland), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany and Spain.

We have also a seizure in Italy of frozen roe deer meat for further processing, due to the presence of Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli. Origin: Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in groundnuts from Argentina and Brazil, in in-shell groundnuts, roasted and salted peanuts from China, in pistachios from Iran (also via United Arab Emirates), in dried stemless red chillies from India and in shelled groundnuts from India (via Egypt);

– mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt and in frozen barracuda fillets from Senegal;

– live insects in almond kernels from the United States and whole star anise from China infested with moulds;

– residue level above MRL for copper (130 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried apricots from Uzbekistan;

– chlorpyriphos in fresh yard long beans from the Dominican Republic;

– E 1520 – propylene glycol, E 999 – extract of quillaia, E 492 – sorbitan tristearate and E 459 – beta-cyclodextrin unauthorised and unauthorised food additive monosodium aspartate in frozen surimi preparations from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– unauthorised novel food ingredient Coriolus versicolor in food supplement from the United States;

– unauthorised irradiation of red yeast rice extract from China;

unauthorised substance chlorfluazuron in tea from China.

For feed, we have a seizure of dog chews in Austria for presence of Salmonella Spp. Origin Germany.

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

Heavy metals: migration of cadmium and of lead from glass mugs, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Poland;

and several border rejections for migration of formaldehyde from melamine spoons, migration of chromium from steel peeler and migration of chromium and manganese from kitchen scissors from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 25

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

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in frozen skewers of seasoned turkey and baby corn, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, distributed also to Finland.

Between the information for attention we can find:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in baby corn, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand, distributed also to Denmark.

Between the food alerts, followed by a withdrawal from the market, we have:

Allergens: allergic reaction to lacto protein in chocolate bars, caused by chocolate product using an alternative to milk, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, distributed also to Sweden.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, too high content of E 210 – benzoic acid (1500 mg/kg – ppm) in various fat free dressings and in sugar free raspberry fruit spread from the United States, improper health certificates for and suspicion of fraud in relation to frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Morocco, Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen poultry and chicken meat  from Brazil, too high content of sulphite (235.31 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen great red shrimps (Plesiopenaeus edwardsianus) from Mozambique.

Regarding food contact materials we have a withdrawal from the market on melamine spoons from Poland (distributed also to Estonia) for migration of formaldehyde.