Food recalls in EU/Week 40 – 2014

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

Allergens: undeclared soia in pasta e wholemeal pasta moose-shaped, following company’s own check. Origin Sweden (via Germany), notified by Spain, distributed also to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom and United States;

– Allergens: traces of egg in chocolate fudge cake kit, following a consumer complaint. Origin United Kingdom, notified by Ireland;

Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in canned mussels, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in soft white brie cheese made from goat milk, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Sweden;

– Pesticide residues: fenamiphos in red grapefruits, following company’s own check. Origin Zimbabwe (via South Africa and the Netherlands), notified by Denmark, distributed also to Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Norway.

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

Food additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphites in soup stocks, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by United Kingdom.

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

– Composition: unauthorised substance 1,3-dimethylbutylamine (nor-DMAA) in food supplement, following company’s own check. Origin Canada (via the Netherlands), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in potato starch, following a consumer complaint. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Germany;

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin Hong Kong (China, via the Netherlands), notified by Sweden.

– Packaging defective/incorrect: bulging packaging of canned olives, following company’s own check. Origin Spain, notified by Italy:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in camembert cheese, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany and Sweden;

Pesticide residues: carbendazim, omethoate, dimethoate and thiophanate-methyl in grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Tunisia, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Poland and Russia.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in peanuts from China and in apricot kernels from Uzbekistan, via Afghanistan;

– too high content of sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey and in sliced coconut from Lebanon;

– unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans from Nigeria;

– cinnamon from Indonesia and salted horse casings from Argentina infested with moulds and insects;

– residue level above MRL for oxytetracycline in frozen seafood mix and frozen squid and shrimps skewer from Vietnam;

–  triazophos, acetamiprid, and imidacloprid in tea from Hong Kong;

– benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in non-refined soybean oil from Ukraine;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen catfish from Vietnam.

For feed, we have border rejections for aflatoxins in birdfeed groundnuts from Brazil and Salmonella spp. in fishmeal from the United States. 

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of primary aromatic amines from nylon serving tongs from China.

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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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