Food recalls in EU – Week 45/2015

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:

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.836 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 1.9; Tot. = 4.5 / B1 = 33; Tot. = 36 / B1 = 22; Tot. = 23 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Bolivia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 54.3; Tot. = 98.6 / B1 = 39.6; Tot. = 70.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, hazelnuts kernels (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 48 µg/kg – ppb) and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 2.8; Tot. = 3 / B1 = 23.6; Tot. = 24.5 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19 µg/kg – ppb) in melon seeds from Togo
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 3.14 / B1 = 2.56 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and blanched groundnuts (B1 = 6.8 / B1 = 6.7 µg/kg – ppb) from Brazil
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 49.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut halva from Ukraine
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 6.4; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina
  • attempt to illegally import (invalid health certificate) organic dried figs from Turkey
  • bifenthrin (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.82 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • E 407 – carrageenan unauthorised in jelly mini cups from Malaysia
  • FEED: improper health certificate(s) for dried pet food (chicken and rice and lamb flavor with rice) from South Africa
  • fenitrothion (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.4; 0.6 mg/kg – ppm) from kitchen scissors from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (9; 0.5 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (27 mg/dm²) from kitchen knives from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of formaldehyde (< 19 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.31; 6.61; 6.17 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine dinner plate from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of manganese (0.120 mg/kg – ppm) from steel grill from China
  • fosthiazate (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
  • missing import declaration for frozen flatbread dough from Pakistan infested with moulds
  • peanuts in shell from China infested with insects (Pyralidae(moths), cocoons, live pests and frass)
  • poor temperature control (-11; -10; -14 °C) of frozen sardines (Sardina pilchardus) from Morocco
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparations from Argentina
  • too high content of sulphite (2429 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey

Food recalls in EU – Week 30 – 2014

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

– Heavy metals: lead in Moringa oleifera food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland;

– Allergens: undeclared peanut in thai chicken panang, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand (via Denmark), notified by Ireland, distributed also to United Kingdom.

Between the information for attention notifications, followed by a recall from consumers, we find:

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in sliced mushrooms in glass jars, following a consumer complaint. Origin China, notified by Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter in fresh mushrooms, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Denmark.

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

– Allergens: undeclared celery in instant chicken soup, following company’s own check. Origin Norway, notified by Norway, distributed also to Iceland;

– Biotoxins: Staphylococcal enterotoxin in frozen escolar fillets, following a consumer complaint. Origin Ecuador, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Italy and Netherlands;

– Industrial contaminants: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked sprats in vegetable oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Poland;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in organic paprika, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by Luxembourg;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in roasted peanuts without shell, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Slovakia;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in dried seedless grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Austria), notified by Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have cadmium in frozen cooked mussels from Chile, unauthorised genetically modified flour from China, anthraquinone in green tea from China, Salmonella in frozen poultry meat preparation from Thailand, aflatoxins in pistachios from Iran, in pistachio kernels from United States and from Turkey (raw material from Afghanistan), in peanuts from China and United States, in shelled peanuts from Sudan, in blanched groundnut kernels from China and in herb mix from Pakistan, Ochratoxin A in dried raisins from Afghanistan, absence of health certificate(s) for melon seeds from Nigeria, fipronil in fresh coriander from Thailand, too high content of sulphites in dried apricots from Turkey, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oloyin beans and white beans from Nigeria, carbosulfan and carbofuran in yardlong beans and diafenthiuron in fresh peppers from Dominican Republic.

For feed, we have an alert notification, followed by the destruction of the product:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Cerro in dried pig ears, following an official control on the market. Origin France (via Germany), notified by Austria;

and border rejections for unauthorised genetically modified cotton seeds (MON 15985 and possibly MON 531) from Cote d’Ivoire.

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

Migration of primary aromatic amines from plastic spaghetti spoon, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via Spain), notified by France;

and an information for follow up, followed by a recall from consumers:

Heavy metals: migration of chromium from barbecue skewers, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via Germany), notified by Finland.

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