Food recalls in EU – Week 25/2015

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 soya and celery  in canned vegetable ravioli in tomato & herb sauce from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom;

– FCM (Food Contact Materials). Heavy metals: migration of cadmium (mean value 0.63 mg/item) and of lead (mean value: 5.6 mg/item) from tumblers from China, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Estonia, Russia and Ukraine;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in sausages from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France.

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

– Food additives and flavourings: unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine (56 mg/kg – ppm) in cupcakes from South Africa, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: cranberry juice from Denmark infested with moulds, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient, soya and lactose in acai ice covered with chocolate from Slovakia, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient (protein: 7.2; 13.5 mg/kg – ppm) in biscuits with orange jelly from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Spain;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments in chilled raw pork meat from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by France

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins (B1: 2319.84; sum of FB1, FB2: 2642.47 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Hungary, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (140/g) in cheese with bacon from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes ( in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. (presence/25g) in chilled ham from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Switzerland and United Kingdom.

4. Seizures:

– In Norway we had a seizure for unauthorised placing on the market of cod liver oil, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Denmark and Finland;

– In United Kingdom, we had a seizure for illegal import of mint from Vietnam, following a border control. Notified by United Kingdom.

5. Border rejections:

  • acetamiprid (0.092 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in tea from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 21.50; Tot. = 23.58 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Turkey and from Iran, via Turkey (Tot. = 47.5 µg/kg – ppb)
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 251; Tot. = 284 µg/kg – ppb) in rice from Thailand
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China
  • clothianidin (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) in chili peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • dried apricots from Turkey infested with moulds
  • fenamiphos (0.167 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • live insects in basmati rice from India
  • mandipropamid (0.052 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pea pods from Kenya
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (6.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (2.2 mg/kg – ppm) from steel tools for barbecue from China
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials) too high content of chromium (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) in tongs for spaghetti from China
  • omethoate (0.03 mg/kg – ppm) in mangos from Brazil
  • poor temperature control (>-12 °C) of frozen chicken from Ukraine
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel/paan leaves, sesame seeds and hulled sesame seeds from India
  • shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx+ and eae+) in chilled boneless beef from Brazil
  • unauthorised irradiation (thermoluminescence) of red rice extract from China
  • unauthorised substance anthraquinone (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in black tea from China
  • unauthorised substance carbendazim (1.3 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruits
  • unauthorised substance chlorfenapyr (0.017 mg/kg – ppm) in papayas from Brazil
  • unauthorised substance dichlorvos (0.18 mg/kg – ppm) in dried beans from Nigeria

Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2014

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen raw whole chicken, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Finland.

Between the information for follow-up notifications, we can find another recall from consumers:

Novel foods: unauthorised novel food ingredient tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) in tongkat ali extract powder, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Finland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in chilled chicken steaks and skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in frozen pork shashlyk, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in tahina sesame grain, following an official control on the market. Origin Lebanon (via Poland), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany and Spain.

We have also a seizure in Italy of frozen roe deer meat for further processing, due to the presence of Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli. Origin: Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in groundnuts from Argentina and Brazil, in in-shell groundnuts, roasted and salted peanuts from China, in pistachios from Iran (also via United Arab Emirates), in dried stemless red chillies from India and in shelled groundnuts from India (via Egypt);

– mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt and in frozen barracuda fillets from Senegal;

– live insects in almond kernels from the United States and whole star anise from China infested with moulds;

– residue level above MRL for copper (130 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried apricots from Uzbekistan;

– chlorpyriphos in fresh yard long beans from the Dominican Republic;

– E 1520 – propylene glycol, E 999 – extract of quillaia, E 492 – sorbitan tristearate and E 459 – beta-cyclodextrin unauthorised and unauthorised food additive monosodium aspartate in frozen surimi preparations from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– unauthorised novel food ingredient Coriolus versicolor in food supplement from the United States;

– unauthorised irradiation of red yeast rice extract from China;

unauthorised substance chlorfluazuron in tea from China.

For feed, we have a seizure of dog chews in Austria for presence of Salmonella Spp. Origin Germany.

For food contact materials we have and information for attention, followed by a recall from the consumers:

Heavy metals: migration of cadmium and of lead from glass mugs, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Poland;

and several border rejections for migration of formaldehyde from melamine spoons, migration of chromium from steel peeler and migration of chromium and manganese from kitchen scissors from China.

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