Food recalls in EU – Week 14/2015

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 milk in varieties of milk free milk chocolate from the United Kingdom, following a consumer complaint. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Denmark;

– Pesticide residues: methiocarb (2.3 mg/kg – ppm) in curly endive from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Germany and Luxembourg;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (4.1 <–> 384; µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (2.0 <–> 388 µg/kg – ppb) in millet balls from Hungary, following company’s own check. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

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

– FCM. Industrial contaminants: migration of melamine (3.7 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine chopping boards from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Albania;

-Dried black fungus from Vietnam, via Germany, infested with insectsfollowing a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared almond (<50 mg/kg – ppm) in paella spice mix from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium;

– Allergens: undeclared egg in cheese from Belgium, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Allergens: undeclared soya (12.1 mg/kg – ppm) in Prague ham from the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia, distributed also to Russia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 6; Tot. = 6.9 µg/kg – ppb) in halva from Turkey, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Netherlands;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (26 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (11 µg/kg – ppb) in millet honey poppies from Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria;

– Biocontaminants: atropine (30 µg/kg – ppb) and scopolamine (24 µg/kg – ppb) in gluten free organic millet from Austria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Clostridium perfringens (5600 CFU/g) in vegan paté from Italy, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Germany, Greece, Malta, San Marino, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by frozen yellowfin tuna loins from Spain, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in roquefort blue cheese from raw sheep’s milk from France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Composition: unauthorised substance gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in food supplement from the Netherlands, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Sweden.

4. Seizures:

In Switzerland we had a seizure of frozen marlin steak from Vietnam, due to the presence of heavy metals (mercury – 2.5 mg/kg – ppm)

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.1; Tot. = 11.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell, in blanched groundnuts kernels (B1 = 11.1; Tot. = 57 µg/kg – ppb), in groundnut kernels (B1 = 157.9; Tot. = 172 / B1 = 7.8; Tot. = 21.1 µg/kg – ppb), in shelled groundnuts (B1 = 4.6; Tot. = 15.6 µg/kg – ppb) and in groundnuts (B1 = 59.52; Tot. = 64.11 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 23) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 26.7; Tot. = 28.1 µg/kg – ppb) in chili powder, red chilli (B1 = 91.4; Tot. = 94.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in peanut butter(B1 = 7.3; Tot. = 8.4 / B1 = 3.9; Tot. = 4.6 µg/kg – ppb) from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 350; Tot. = 390 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.3; Tot. = 21.3 µg/kg – ppb) in fig paste from Turkey
  • biphenyl (4.76 mg/kg – ppm) in lemons from Turkey
  • chlorpyrifos-methyl (0.136 mg/kg – ppm) in pomegranates from Turkey
  • dead insects (21.4 %) in organic dried figs from Turkey
  • fenpropathrin (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in dried raisins from Iran
  • fipronil (0.029 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • malathion (0.20 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance phorate (0.052 mg/kg – ppm) in pumpkin seeds from China
  • poor state of preservation of and incorrect labelling on pasteurized cherries from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparation from Brazil and Thailand
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan/betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India
  • too high content (2407 mg/kg – ppm) and undeclared (2363 mg/kg – ppm) sulphites in dried apricots from Turkey
  • FCM: too high level of overall migration (13.6 mg/kg – ppm) from glassware from China
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.3 mg/kg – ppm) from knives from China
  • FCM: migration of chromium (0.6 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (5.3 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (6 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue grills gaseous fuel from China
  • FCM: migration of manganese (1.9 mg/kg – ppm) from barbecue grids and from gas barbecue (2.4 mg/kg – ppm) from China
  • FCM: corrosion of and too high level of overall migration (1266 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel kitchen utensils from China unfit for use as food contact material (stainless steel AISI 201)
  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for melamine kitchenware from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.049 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from Hong Kong
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.2 mg/kg – ppm) in peas from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance hexaconazole (0.021 mg/kg – ppm) in green beans from Kenya
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in okra from India

 

Food recalls in EU – Week 25 – 2014

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

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in green beans, following an official control on the market. Origin Morocco, notified by Luxembourg, distributed also to Germany and France;

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

Food additives and flavorings: undeclared sulphite in pickled lime, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand (via Netherlands), notified by Denmark;

–  Food additives and flavorings: undeclared sulphite in water chestnuts in brine, following an official control on the market. Origin Thailand (via Netherlands), notified by Denmark.

Between the information for attention and the information for follow-up notification, followed by a recall from consumers:

– Food additives and flavorings: too high content of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in soft drinks, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), notified by Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in milkshakes produced from sterilised milk preparation, following company’s own check. Origin France/Belgium, notified by France;

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

– Allergens: too high content of gluten in corn meal, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in flapjack cake, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Germany, Ireland, Slovakia and Malta;

– Allergens; undeclared sesame and nuts in cookies, following an official control on the market. Origin Lebanon (via Germany), notified by Denmark;

– Heavy metals: high content of lead in green lentils, following an official control on the market. Origin Czech Republic, notified by Slovakia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via Germany), notified by Netherlands;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins in pistachio nuts, following an official control on the market. Origin Iran (via Germany), notified by Netherlands;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Spp. in ground ginger, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus in ginger powder, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via United Kingdom), notified by France, distributed also to Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in vacuum packed beef, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Italy;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Coein in black pepper, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium/Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to France;

– Pesticide residues: carbendazim in pears, following a border control. Origin Argentina, notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria;

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in pork meat, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have Norovirus in frozen clams from Vietnam, residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen shrimps from Vietnam, too high content of vitamins in food supplements from the United States, unauthorised substances malachite green and leucomalachite green in frozen red tail tin foil barb from Vietnam, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of anchovies from Morocco, absence of health certificate(s) for rice cooking wine and sauces from China, Salmonella Hadar in frozen turkey meat and meat preparation (boneless & skinless) from Brazil, Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken meat and meat preparation from Brazil, Salmonella Brunei and Salmonella Westhampton in desiccated coconut from Indonesia, Salmonella Kentucky in hulled sesame seeds from India, aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Syria, via Turkey, and from United States and in pistachio nuts in shell from Iran, prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen domestic rabbits and frozen rabbit meat from China, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen lamb meat from New Zealand, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in oluyin beans, peeled beans and dried beans from Nigeria, attempt to illegally import dried beans from Nigeria ,suspicion of attempt to illegally import watermelon seeds from Nigeria, formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey, carbendazim in fresh green beans from Kenya, in waxberry from China and in fresh peppers from Turkey, clofentezine in fresh peppers from Turkey, acetamiprid and endosulfan in aubergines from the Dominican Republic, chlorpyriphos and hexaconazole in chilled green beans from Kenya, unauthorised substance morpholine in lemons from Argentina and unauthorised genetically modified (35S promotor detected) fresh papaya from Thailand.

For feed, we have a border rejection for Salmonella paratyphi b in fish meal from Peru.

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

Migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon spoons, following an official control on the market. Origin China (via United Kingdom), notified by Poland.

Border rejections for migration of manganese from cast iron grills, migration of chromium, of nickel and of manganese from stainless steel kitchen utensils and volatile organic compounds in wooden sticks for skewers and cocktail decorations from China.

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