Food recalls in EU – Week 26

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 gluten in crispy fried onions from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Composition: unauthorised substance yohimbine (0.5 mg/item) in food supplement from the United States, via Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Cyprus;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Migration: high content of DEHP – di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (93000; 120000 mg/kg – ppm) in placemat from Denmark, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Faeroe Islands, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in seasoning with vegetables from Croatia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Austria, distributed also to Germany and Slovakia;

– Residues of veterinary medicinal products: prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furaltadone (AMOZ) (0.89; 2.0; 1.47 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled rainbow trout from Greece, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Romania.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Newport (presence/25g) in turkey breast from Germany, following an official control in a non member country. Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market/from recipients:

– Composition: high content of morphine (59.13 mg/kg – ppm) in ground poppy seeds packaged in Slovakia, following company’s own check. Notified by Czech Republic;

– Heavy metals: mercury (1.4 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;

– Industrial contaminants: dioxins (76.94 pg WHO TEQ/g) in cod liver from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Italy, Ireland and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Bacillus cereus (>120 000 CFU/g) and Bacillus cereus enterotoxin (2.65 µg/kg – ppb) in preserved red bean curd from China, following am official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Spain;

– Pesticide residues: ethephon (4.6 mg/kg – ppm) in pineapples from Benin, via France, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium.

4. Seizures:

None

5. Border rejections:

  • absence of expiry date on frozen squid (Loligo chinensis) from China
  • absence of health certificate(s) for groundnuts from India
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 32; Tot. = 36 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 41; Tot. = 52 / B1 = 12; Tot. = 14 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 9.9 µg/kg – ppb) in salted roasted pistachios from Turkey
  • attempt to illegally import (hidden under carab beans.) dried fish and shrimps from Ghana
  • poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain – (totally defrosted) of frozen squid (Loligo spp.) from India, and from India via Vietnam
  • poor temperature control (+ 7.2; 5.2; 12.8; 10.2; 12.2; 13.2 °C) of chilled tuna (Thunnus albacares) from the Philippines
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (presence /25g) in frozen boneless beef from Brazil
  • spoilage (decomposition) of chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Egypt and of frozen salted chicken from Thailand
  • too high content of E 211 – sodium benzoate (1000 mg/kg – ppm), E 202 – potassium sorbate (1000; 2000; 800 mg/kg – ppm), E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra acetate (CDEDTA), E 321 – butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) (presence) and E 223 – Sodium metabisulphite (presence) unauthorised in preserved vegetables from Mexico
  • traces of egg (0.063 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen threadfin bream (Nemipterus spp) from Thailand
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • unauthorised substance profenofos (0.07 mg/item) in peppers in brine from India

Food recalls in EU – Week 16 – 2014

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

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in pepper corns in glass pepper mill, following company’s own check. Origin Germany, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, France, Hungary and Romania;

– Allergens: undeclared cashew nut in chocolate hazelnut mix, following a consumer complaint. Origin Netherlands, notified by Finland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in smoked salmon, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium.

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

– Composition: unauthorised substance androstenedione and progesterone in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin India (via Czech Republic), notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Spain;

Heavy metals: mercury in frozen shark cutlets, following an official control on the market. Origin Portugal, notified by Slovenia;

– Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene in smoked sprats, following an official control on the market. Origin Latvia, notified by Slovakia;

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

– Pesticide residues: methomyl in table grapes, following company’s own check. Origin Peru (via Netherlands), notified by Belgium, distributed also to France;

– Pesticide residues: fenitrothion in oranges, following company’s own check. Origin Egypt, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Austria and France;

– Poor or insufficient controls: unpurified area B mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Italy, Monaco and Switzerland.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella spp. in fish meal from Peru, bacterial contamination of canned skipjack tuna from Thailand, aflatoxins in pistachio kernels from Iran, blanched groundnut kernels from Brazil and in chilli peppers from India, ochratoxin A in nutmeg from India, attempt to illegally import paan leaves from Bangladesh, unauthorised substance dichlorvos in fresh dried beans from Nigeria, unauthorised substance sildenafil in instant coffee from China, unauthorised novel food turkey tail mushroom (Coriolus versicolor) to be used in food supplement from the United States, profenofos, quinalphos and tebuconazole in pennywort (Centella) from Sri Lanka, carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey, fosthiazate in fresh mint from Morocco, methamidophos, acephate and hexaconazole in chilli from India, malathion in fresh oranges from Egypt, dimethoate in fresh peas from Kenya and amitraz in dried goji bery from China.

For feed, we don’t have any relevant notification this week.

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

– Migration: phthalate di(2-propylheptylphtalate (DPHP) unauthorised from tube drinking glasses, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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