Food recalls in EU – Week 29 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we don’t have any recall from consumers in EU in the alert notifications.

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

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter spp. in chilled chicken breast fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Denmark;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in heat processed pork sausage “boudin blanc”, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to United Kingdom.

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

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in gluten free beer, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Italy, France, Netherlands and Romania;

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins in chilled mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: deoxynivalenol (DON) in organic whole wheat shortbread and organic whole grain cracker, following an official control on the market. Origin Germany, raw material from Poland, notified by Germany, distributed also to Hong Kong and Denmark;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in froze raspberries, following a food poisoning. Origin Serbia (packaged), notified by Sweden, distributed via Belgium and France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in chilled sliced sirloin, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in gorgonzola cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in sesame seeds, following company’s own check. Origin India, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in minced meat, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Denmark and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Brandenburg in processed cheese powder, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Hungary and France.

We have also a seizure for Salmonella Saint Paul in frozen poultry and veal kebab, following an official control on the market in Italy; origin Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have aflatoxins in groundnuts from Egypt and from the United States, in pecan nuts from Israel, in raw pistachios in shell from Iran, in peanut candy from India and in unshelled pistachios from the United States; ochratoxin A in pumpkin seeds from China, in dried figs from Turkey, in raisins from Afghanistan and in organic spelt from Ukraine, poor temperature control of frozen whole poultry from Brazil, norovirus in frozen boiled white clams from Vietnam, bacterial contamination and spoilage of frozen cooked shrimps from India, residues above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic haromatic hydrocarbons in non-refined soybean oil from Ukraine, unauthorised use of colour E 122 – azorubine in pickles from Lebanon, dimethoate in fresh peppers from Turkey, clorpyriphos, cypermethrin, cyhalothrin and dichlorvos in fresh olu beans from Nigeria, cypermethrin and dichlorvos in fresh oloyn beans and in oluyin beans from Nigeria.

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

Residues of veterinary medicinal product: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in compound feed, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany.

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

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Food recalls in EU – Week 28

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

Allergens: undeclared egg in gravy mix, following an official control in a non-member country. Notification from Ireland, origin United Kingdom (via Australia).

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient, soya and wheat in sweets, following company’s own check. Origin Finland, distributed also to Estonia and Sweden.

– Biotoxins: rye ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in spelt, following company’s own check. Origin France, distributed also to Belgium.

We have also two recalls between the information notifications:

Non-pathogenic micro-organisms: infested with moulds focaccia, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, distributed to Denmark.

Pesticide residues: imazalil on conference pears, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, distributed also to Denmark.

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

Foreign bodies: metal pieces in thyme, following company’s own check. Origin France, distributed to Belgium.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, aflatoxins in pistachios from Turkey, Salmonella in frozen chicken meat and in forzen poultry meat preparations from Brazil, poor temperature control of and improper health certificates for frozen bovine meat (Bos taurus) from Namibia, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled boneless beef from Argentina, mercury in swordfish fillet (Xiphias gladius) from Sri Lanka, blanched peanuts from China infested with insects and Salmonella Tennessee in hulled sesame seeds from India.

Regarding food contact materials we have the following alert:

Heavy metals: Migration of cadmium and lead in ceramic cups, following an official control on the market. Origin China, distributed to Slovakia and Poland.