Food recalls in EU – Week 26

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: undeclared gluten in crispy fried onions from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance yohimbine (0.5 mg/item) in food supplement from the United States, via Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Migration: high content of DEHP – di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (93000; 120000 mg/kg – ppm) in placemat from Denmark, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Faeroe Islands, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in seasoning with vegetables from Croatia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany and Slovakia;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furaltadone (AMOZ) (0.89; 2.0; 1.47 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled rainbow trout from Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Romania.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Newport (presence/25g) in turkey breast from Germany, following an official control in a non member country. Notified by Denmark.

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

– Composition: high content of morphine (59.13 mg/kg – ppm) in ground poppy seeds packaged in Slovakia, following company’s own check. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.4 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: dioxins (76.94 pg WHO TEQ/g) in cod liver from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Italy, Ireland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus (>120 000 CFU/g) and Bacillus cereus enterotoxin (2.65 µg/kg – ppb) in preserved red bean curd from China, following am official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Spain;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in pineapples from Benin, via France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of expiry date on frozen squid (Loligo chinensis) from China
  • absence of health certificate(s) for groundnuts from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32; Tot. = 36 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 41; Tot. = 52 / B1 = 12; Tot. = 14 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.9 µg/kg – ppb) in salted roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • attempt to illegally import (hidden under carab beans.) dried fish and shrimps from Ghana
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (totally defrosted) of frozen squid (Loligo spp.) from India, and from India via Vietnam
  • poor temperature control (+ 7.2; 5.2; 12.8; 10.2; 12.2; 13.2 °C) of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from the Philippines
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (presence /25g) in frozen boneless beef from Brazil
  • spoilage (decomposition) of chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Egypt and of frozen salted chicken from Thailand
  • too high content of E 211 – sodium benzoate (1000 mg/kg – ppm), E 202 – potassium sorbate (1000; 2000; 800 mg/kg – ppm), E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA), E 321 – butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) (presence) and E 223 – Sodium metabisulphite (presence) unauthorised in preserved vegetables from Mexico
  • traces of egg (0.063 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen threadfin bream (Nemipterus spp) from Thailand
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.07 mg/item) in peppers in brine from India

Food recalls in EU – Week 26 – 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:

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in cauliflower, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg, and France.

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

Pesticide residues: unauthorised substance carbofuran in limes, following a border control. Origin Brazil, notified by Italy.

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

– Biotoxins: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in shucked scallop, following an official control on the market. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to France;

– Foreign bodies: stones (3mm) in bulgur, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey (via Germany), notified by Austria;

– Mycotoxins: Ochratoxin A in raisins, following an official control on the market. Origin Uzbekistan, notified by Slovakia, distributed also to Austria and Slovenia;

– Mycotoxins: alfatoxins in sunflower seeds, following an official control on the market. Origin Argentina (via United Kingdom), notified by Germany;

 Residues of medicinal veterinary products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in veal, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, France, Germany and Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella kedougou in raw milk cheese Reblochon, following food poisoning. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have Hepatitis A virus in razor shells from Morocco, norovirus (group I) in frozen boiled saltwater clams from Vietnam, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand, unauthorised genetically modified rice cakes from China, carbendazim in basmati rice from Pakistan and in fresh bell peppers and peppers from Turkey, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen peeled shrimps from India, residue level above MRL for tetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, unauthorised placing on the market (Azadirachta indica) of food supplement from India, malathion in white pea beans from Ethiopia, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, chlorpyriphos-methyl in olives in brine from Egypt, dried apricots from Uzbekistan infested with live larvae of insectsSalmonella spp. in paan leaves and sesame seeds from India and in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil, high content of biogenous amines in frozen dried lizard fish (raw) from Thailand, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans and profenofos, cypermethrin and cyhalothrin and unauthorised substance dichlorvos in beans from Nigeria, too high content of E 211 – sodium benzoate in mango juice drink from Pakistan, absence of health certificate(s) and absence of certified analytical report for sesame and groundnuts paste from China, via Hong Kong, poor temperature control of frozen hens crests from Argentina and of frozen poultry meat from Brazil, aflatoxins in peanuts and groundnuts in shell from China.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

For food contact materials we have border rejections for absence of declaration of compliance for plastic barrels intended for food contact from Morocco, migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from lids of glass jars containing coriander paste from Thailand and migration of chromium, of nickel and of manganese from oil cruet with cork bottle cap from China.

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