Food recalls in EU – Week 10 – 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 notification:

Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised colour E 128 – Red 2G, E 110, Sunset Yellow (FCF), E 124 – Ponceau 4R/cochineal red A in sliced ginger pickles, following an official control on the market. Origin Japan (via Netherlands), notified by Finland;

We have also one recall, following an information for attention notification:

– Composition: unauthorised substance vanadium in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States, notified by Finland;

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

– Pesticide residues: dimethoate in apples, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Sweden.

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen sliced mako shark, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Packaging defective/incorrect: vacuum leakage in bags with high energy meal for enteral nutrition, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Denmark.

We have also a seizure of frozen yellow tuna bits for high content of histamine. Origin India, notified by Italy.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in boneless beef meat and chilled bovine meat from Brazil, aflatoxins in roasted pistachios and in dried figs from Turkey, in pistachio nuts from Iran, in pistachio kernels from Afghanistan (via Turkey), parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled silver scabbardfish from Morocco, mercury in frozen swordfish from Senegal, histamine in canned sardines in soja oil from Indonesia, benzo(a)pyrene in smoked sardines from Ghana, poor temperature control of frozen squid from India, benzo(a)pyrene in chilli oil and in hot chilli sauce from China, chlorpyriphos-ethyl and diphennylamine in green peas from Kenya, carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey and in basmati rice from India, famoxadone in peas from Kenya, too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, hexaconazole in long yard beans and permethrin and lambda-cyhalothrin  in chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic, unauthorised substance sibutramine in slimming coffee from the Philippines and buprofezin, chlorpyriphos-ethyl, and acetamiprid in tea from China, high content of aluminium in potato vermicelli from China.

For feed, we have an alert notification for too high contents of ragweed seeds (Ambrosia spp.) in complete food for birds. Origin Belgium, notified by Germany.

For food contact materials we have migration of chromium and manganese from kitchenware in plastic and metal, migration of chromium from steel kitchen cutlery and too high overall migration from folding plastic forks from China, migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon whisk from Hong Kong.

We have also a border rejection for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63) rice in choline chloride 60% corn cob from China.

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Food recalls in EU – Week 6 – 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 notification. We have one information for attention notification, followed by recall:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked sprats, following conmpany’s own check. Origin and notificatio from Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg.

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

– Composition: high content of iodine in baby food, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia and Turkey;

– Composition: high content of iodine in baby formula, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands, notification from Germany;

– Composition: high content of iodine in dried seaweed, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria;

 Composition: unauthorised colour Sudan 4 in red chilli peppers, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands/Lebanon, notification from France;

– Composition: high content of iodine in dried seaweed, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea/Netherlands, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Composition: high content of iodine in dried seaweed, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea, notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Norovirus in frozen cooked clams, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notification from Spain, distributed also to Cuba, Gibraltar, Italy and Portugal;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Enteritidis in chilled chicken drumsticks, wings and legs, following an official control on the market. Origin  Poland, notification from Italy;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon in table grapes, following an official control on the market. Origin South Africa, notification from Netherlands, distributed also to Finland, Germany and Denmark;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in buckwheat bread, following a consumer complaint. Origin and notification from Germany, distributed also to Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Switzerland;

Heavy metals: cadmium in organic cocoa, following an official control on the market. Origin Ecuador (raw material), Germany (processed). Notification from Germany, distributed also to Italy and Austria;

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish steaks, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam (via Netherlands), notification from Germany.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Schwarzengrund in skinless boneless spiced turkey breasts from Brazil, Salmonella in laurel leaves powder from Turkey, norovirus in live clams from Tunisia, parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled eels and mackerel from Morocco, poor temperature control of frozen white grouper from Mauritania, aflatoxins in groundnut from United States and in dried figs from Turkey. Absence of health certificate(s) for spicy blend of chickpeas flour noodles, groundnuts and rice flakes from India and  for powdered groundnut dessert from China, via Hong Kong. Unauthorised use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in cocktail nuts and in mixed crackers from Singapore, E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorised and unauthorised food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in lemon soda and soft drinks from the United States, unauthorised use of colour E 102 – tartrazine in pickled radish from China, unauthorised substance prometryn in roasted seaweed and chlorfluazuron in tea from China, unauthorised irradiation of freeze-dried organic goji powder from the United States, unauthorised substances chromium amino acid chelate and potassium aspartate in food supplement from the United States and anthraquinone and unauthorised novel food ingredient Siraitia Grosvenorii in herbal food supplement from the United States. Lamb shank from Australia contaminated with faeces. Chlorpyriphos-ethyl in mint from Morocco, fipronil in red chilli peppers from the Dominican Republic, propargite and oxamyl in strawberries from Egypt, tolfenpyrad in green tea from China and carbendazim in basmati rice from India. High content of aluminium in dried noodles from China and suffocation risk as a result of the consumption of and E 407 – carrageenan unauthorised in mini cup jelly from Singapore.

For feed, in Denmark we have a seizure of linseed for too high content of cyanide in linseed. Origin Germany. Border rejection for Salmonella spp. in pet food from Mauritius and aflatoxins in groundnut kernels from Sudan.

For food contact materials we have a recall from consumers, following an information for attention notification:

Migration: migration of formaldheyde in salad bowls, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notification from Italy.

Moreover, we find border rejections for:

– steel water boiler kettle from China unfit for use as food contact material (steel AISI 201);

– migration of chromium from stainless steel jars with lids and from pizza cutters and migration of manganese and too high level of overall migration from blade of mixer from China;

– migration of nickel from beaters from Hong Kong.

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