Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2015

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:

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


3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

4. Seizures:


5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 37 µg/kg – ppb) and ochratoxin A (69 µg/kg – ppb) in red chilli powder from India, processed in the United Arab Emirates
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 37.9; Tot. = 41 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.9; Tot. = 3.9 / B1 = 34; Tot. = 40 / B1 = 66; Tot. = 83 µg/kg – ppb) in raw peanuts from Bolivia
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China
  • attempt to illegally import frozen common sole (Solea spp) and monkfish (Lophius spp) from Senegal
  • black pepper grains from Vietnam infested with moulds
  • chlorpyrifos (0.66 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • clofentezine (0.057 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • cypermethrin (0.024 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.022 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances dichlorvos (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) and trichlorfon (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in dried brown beans from Nigeria
  • fraudulent health certificate(s) for shelled groundnuts from China
  • lead (0.26 mg/kg – ppm) in tomatoes from Ukraine
  • mercury (0.964 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) fillets from Tunisia
  • FCM: migration of chromium (3.3 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (25 mg/dm²) from butter knife, cleavers and knives table stell from China
  • poor temperature control (-7 °C) of frozen common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and soles (Synaptura cadenati) from Senegal, and of frozen sheep meat preparation (Ovis aries) from Australia
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen turkey meat preparation from Brazil
  • Salmonella Lexington (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belarus
  • spoilage of chilled fish (Argyrosomus regius, Dentex dentex, Dicentrarchus labrax, Seriola dumerili) from Egypt
  • unauthorised novel food cuitlacoche (canned maize infected with fungus Ustilago maydis) from Mexico
  • unauthorised substances tolfenpyrad (0.045 mg/kg – ppm) and anthraquinone (0.051 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
  • unauthorised use of colour E 122 – azorubine (64 mg/kg – ppm) in pickled horseradish from Ukraine

EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks

Controls performed at European Union borders on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 continue to deliver results and, as a consequence, the EU is adjusting the intensity of controls for some products, while adding or removing others to the list of feed and food of non-animal origin that are subject to an increased level of official controls by national competent authorities at the border.

As a result of the satisfactory results reported by Member States, watermelon from Brazil and tomatoes from Turkey will be de-listed from the Regulation’s Annex I. This means that these products will no longer be subject to the reinforced scheme (the checks performed by competent authorities will again be ‘routine’ ones).

At the meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 11 September 2013, Member States endorsed the Commission’s proposal to amend the Annex to the Regulation by reflecting the abovementioned changes.

The amendments to Annex I are expected to enter into force as of 1 October 2013.

(Credit: DG SANCO)