Food recalls in EU – Week 22/2015

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 gluten (30-98 mg/kg – ppm) in gluten-free rice and buckwheat crispbreads from the Czech Republic, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Guadeloupe, Lebanon, Martinique and Slovenia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella infantis (presence/25g) in ground turmeric root from unknown origin, following n official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

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

– Allergens/Additives and flavourings: undeclared sulphite (170; 160 mg/kg – ppm) in pickled lotus rootlet in brine from Thailand, following an official control on the market. Notified by Denmark;

– Non pathogenic micro-organisms: chilled mixed butters from the Netherlands infested with mouldsfollowing . Notified by Denmark.

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient (135 mg/kg – ppm) in dried egg powder from Bulgaria, via Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia;

– Mycotoxins: aflatoxins (B1 = 13.8; Tot. = 16.3 / B1 = 15.3; Tot. = 16.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from India, following an official control on the market. Notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (present/25g) in raw milk cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Spain, Germany and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (present/25g) in chicken meat from Belgium, from chickens reared France, following company’s own check. Notified from Belgium, distributed also to Gabon and Netherlands;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella typhimurium (presence/25g) in chicken meat preparations from Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

4. Seizures:

– None.

5. Border rejections:

  • aflatoxins (B1 = 2.3; Tot. = 7.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts in shell from China
  • aflatoxins (B1 = 43.36; Tot. = 47.24 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from Iran
  • chlorpyrifos (0.6 mg/kg – ppm) and fenitrothion (0.05 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • coriander seeds from Israel unfit for human consumption (intended for sowing)
  • dicofol (0.076 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from the Dominican Republic
  • formetanate (0.105 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • poor temperature control (-8.2 and -12 °C) of frozen crabs (Chaceon spp) from South Korea and of frozen squid (Illex spp.) (between -11 and -9.4 °C) from Argentina
  • rodent excrements (8, 20, 20, 20, 10 /kg) in sesame seeds from Sudan
  • Salmonella Ekotedo and Salmonella Hongkong (presence /25g) in natural sesame seeds from Nigeria
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in paan leaves from India
  • unauthorised colour Sudan 4 (30000 µg/kg – ppb) in palm oil from Nigeria
  • unauthorised use of colour E 124 – Ponceau 4R/cochineal red A in syrup for the preparation of aromatised beverages from Pakistan

Food recalls in EU – Week 46

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can’t find any recall from consumers in EU, between the alert notifications:

Between the information for follow-up and information for attention notifications, followed by a recall of the product, we find:

– Defective packaging in baby food pouches, following a company’s own check. Origin United States, notification from United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in grated cheese and cheese strips, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from Germany;

– Allergens: undeclared gluten in buckwheat flour, following a consumer complaint. Origin Bosnia and Herzegovina, notification from Slovenia.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in various meat preparations containing poultry minced meat , following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Typhimurium in chilled turkey meat, following company’s own check. Origin and notification from France, distributed also to Switzerland;

Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Typhimurium in frozen meat ball mass, following an official control on the market. Origin Lithuania, notification from Latvia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia coli in live clams (Venus verrucosa), following an official control on the market. Origin Greece, notification from Italy.

– Mycotoxins: ochratoxin A in dried organi figs, following an official control on the market. Origin Turkey, notification from Germany.

– Allergens: undeclared milk ingredient in soft biscuit, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notification from Czech Republic;

– Biotoxins: Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid in frozen precooked mussels (Mytilus Galloprovincialis) , following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notification from Italy.

Residues of veterinary medicinal products: sulfadiazine in chilled pork, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, distributed also to Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain.

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella in frozen ark clams from Vietnam, in frozen turkey meat preparation from Brazil, Salmonella spp. in fishmeal from Mauritania, in paan leaves from Bangladesh and in soybean meal from Argentina, Salmonella Lexington and Anatum in rape seed cake from Russia, Salmonella group C in frozen clams from Vietnam, aflatoxins in almonds from Australia, in groundnuts from Senegal, India (via Egypt) and Nicaragua, in chillies from India and in dried figs from Turkey, unauthorised placing on the market of cannend yanang leaves extract from Thailand, sulfamethazine unauthorised in flower comb honey from Turkey, Bacillus spp. in bean curd from China, endosulfan in yardlong beans from the Dominican Republic, carbendazim in fresh peppers from Turkey and in parboiled basmati rice from India, trimethoprim unauthorised in frozen tilapia fillets from Vietnam and phoxim in wheat gluten from China.

For food contact material we have only a border rejection for migration of chromium on steel strainers from China.