Food recalls in EU – Week 9/2015

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: undeclared peanut (41.3 mg/kg – ppm) in milk chocolate biscuits from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland.

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

– Composition: adverse reaction caused by table grapes from South Africa, following a food poisoning. Notified by Denmark;

– Composition: unauthorised colour Rhodamine B (7 mg/kg – ppm) in fennel seeds from Pakistan, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Heavy metals: cadmium (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in canned tuna from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to France, Slovakia and Slovenia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 190; Tot. = 210 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio from Iran, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in filets de poulet from Belgium, with raw material from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) (2.26 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen rabbit meat from China, via Germany, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy, distributed also to Switzerland.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and fipronil (0.035 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance diafenthiuron (0.47 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from China, via Hong Kong
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 10.2 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 16.7; Tot. = 19.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 2.9 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched peanuts and groundnut kernels (B1 = 8.9; Tot. = 10.05) from China, via Indonesia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled peanuts, peanuts in shell (B1 = 24; Tot. = 26 mg/kg – ppm), peanuts (B1 = 65.03; Tot. = 125.53), shelled peanuts (Tot. = 24.4 µg/kg – ppb), groundnuts (B1 = 80.2; Tot. = 105 / B1 = 13.1; Tot. = 21.1 µg/kg – ppb), shelled groundnuts (B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 11.7 µg/kg – ppb) and peanut powder (B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 8.8 / B1 = 5.4; Tot. = 10.3 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 270; Tot. = 330 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from South Africa
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 45.6; Tot. = 49 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 5.3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from Argentina
  • FEED: aflatoxins (B1 = 53.8 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts for bird feed from Brazil
  • FCM: migration of manganese (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) from stainless steel parts of grill from Hong Kong
  • FCM: migration of nickel (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) from tools kit for barbecue from China
  • ochratoxin A (17.4 µg/kg – ppb) and high count of yeasts (3.2E6 CFU/g) in dried figs from Turkey
  • prochloraz (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from Thailand
  • FEED: Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in fish meal from Morocco
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in sesame seeds and white sesame seeds from India
  • too high content of sulphite (2320 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised genetically modified red yeast rice extract from China
  • unauthorised irradiation of red rice extract from China
  • unauthorised substance prometryn (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in roasted seaweed from China
  • unsuitable transport conditions (25% of the lobsters were found dead) for live lobster (Hoarus spp) from Canada

Food recalls in EU – Week 6/2015

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:

– Additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite (740 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen minced meat from Poland, following a food poisoning. Notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in sliced beef tongues from Belgium, with raw material from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg and United Kingdom.

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

None

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: residue level above MRL for salinomycin (18.4 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen chicken from France, following company’s own check. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Suffocation risk as a result of the consumption (large pieces of pasta) of organic baby food from Germany, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium.

4. Seizures:

We have a seizure in Italy of frozen swordfish loins from Portugal containing mercury (1.6 mg/kg – ppm).

5. Border rejections:

  • FCM: absence of certified analytical report for melamine kitchenware from Hong Kong
  • absence of health certificate(s) for fig jam from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 42; Tot. = 55 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs and diced dried figs (B1 = 19.7; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 31 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg from Indonesia
  • cyfluthrin (0.19 mg/kg – ppm) in strawberries from Egypt
  • dead insects in groundnuts in shell from Egypt
  • endosulfan II (0.25 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.029 mg/kg – ppm) in aubergines from the Dominican Republic
  • fenvalerate (0.63 mg/kg – ppm) in beans from Bangladesh
  • fosthiazate (0.056 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • groundnut kernels from Argentina infested with moulds
  • improper health certificate(s) for groundnuts from Egypt
  • orthophenylphenol (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from China
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves and sesame seeds from India
  • too high content of sulphite (2848 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • unauthorised novel food ingredient Dendrobium nobile in fruit punch from the United States
  • unauthorised substance chlorfluazuron (0.056 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from Morocco
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.027 mg/kg – ppm) in basmati rice from India
  • unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in strawberry flavoured cream biscuits from India