Food recalls in EU – Week 8/2016

Last week on EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for food and feed) we can find the following relevant notifications:

1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (presence CFU/g) in organic falafel nuggets from the Netherlands, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain and United Kingdom;
  • Mercury (1.18 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen blue shark slices (Prionace glauca) from Spain, following company’s own check. Notified by Italy;
  • Salmonella (presence/25g) in raw milk brie cheese from France, following company’s own check. Notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain;
  • Salmonella Kentucky (present) in dried parsley from Egypt, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium, Finland, France and Netherlands;
  • Traces of milk (casein 0.03 mg/item) in frozen fish gratin from Sweden, with raw material from Denmark, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Norway:
  • Undeclared milk ingredient in swiss rolls from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Italy and Portugal;
  • Undeclared mustard and celery in spice mix from Sweden, following company’s own check. Notified by Sweden, distributed also to Finland, Norway and Denmark.

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

3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:

  • Listeria monocytogenes (570 CFU/g) in frozen smoked trout from Turkey, via Bulgaria, following an official control on the market. Notified by Netherlands;
  • Mercury (1.845 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen swordfish loins from Vietnam, via Belgium, following an official control on the market. Notified by Czech Republic, distributed also to Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia;
  • Plastic fragments in candy bars from the Netherlands, following company’s own check. Notified by Netherlands, distributed also to (see links embedded to reach some of the press release-public warning): Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, GreeceHong Kong, Hungary,  Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United KingdomWest Bank and Gaza Strip;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in and insufficient labelling of food supplement from the United States, via Sweden, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway;
  • Unauthorised substance yohimbine in food supplement from the United States, following an official control on the market. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Sweden.

4. Seizures:

5. Border rejections:

Country of notification Countries concerned Subject Action Taken
Italy Italy, United States (O) aflatoxins (B1 = 10.4; Tot. = 11.6 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States re-dispatch
Ireland Ireland, Pakistan (O), United Kingdom aflatoxins (B1 = 15.7; Tot. = 16.4 µg/kg – ppb) in spice mix from Pakistan official detention
Italy China (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 5.3; Tot. = 6.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from China  
Italy Egypt (O), Italy aflatoxins (B1 = 92; Tot. = 107 / B1 = 5.1; Tot. = 5.9 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt placed under customs seals
Germany Germany, Turkey (O) aflatoxins (Tot. = 51.3 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachios and almonds from Turkey import not authorised
Belgium Belgium, Gambia (O) benzo(a)pyrene (7 µg/kg – ppb) in smoked sardinella (Sardinella spp.) from the Gambia import not authorised
Italy India (O), Italy cadmium (2.6 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid chunks from India import not authorised
United Kingdom South Korea (O), United Kingdom cadmium (2.9 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen squid (Nototodarus spp.) from South Korea import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam high count of Escherichia coli (1000 CFU/g) in praew leaves (Vietnamese coriander – Polygonum odoratum) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Thailand (O) mercury (0.11 mg/kg – ppm) in pet food from Thailand import not authorised
Italy Commission Services, Italy, Portugal, Vietnam (O) prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) (1.43 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam import not authorised
Greece Greece, India (O) Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from India import not authorised
United Kingdom Laos (O), United Kingdom, Vietnam Salmonella (in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) and high count of Escherichia coli (620 CFU/g) in frozen perilla (Perilla frutescens) from Laos, via Vietnam destruction
Italy Italy, Vietnam (O) too high level of overall migration (141 mg/kg – ppm) from nitrile gloves (food contact materials) from Vietnam re-dispatch
Poland Japan (O), Poland unauthorised colour Rose Bengal in marinated bamboo shoots from Japan destruction
United Kingdom Thailand (O), United Kingdom unauthorised substance carbofuran (0.01 mg/kg – ppm) in aubergines from Thailand destruction
Italy India (O), Italy unauthorised substance propargite (0.29 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from India placed under customs seals

(Source: RASFF Portal)

Food recalls in EU – Week 34

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak (20 cases, 12 people dead) caused by Listeria Monocytogenes in lamb-roll sausages, following food poisoning. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Norway and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli in raw milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Reunion, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in whole eggs and whole eggs sleeved pasteurized, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Czech Republic and Greenland;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis phagetype D6 in tagliatelle, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Germany, distributed also to Belgium and Ireland.

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

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Clostridium botulinum in frozen scallops, following food poisoning. Origin United Kingdom (via Canada), notified by Norway;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in semi-preserved anchovies, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by France;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by chilled mussels, following food poisoning. Origin Spain, notified by France;

Non pathogenic micro-organisms: contamination with algae of live mussels, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium and France.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in crushed chilli and shelled groundnuts from India, in peanuts and groundnuts from China ;

– Salmonella in frozen salted chicken from Thailand and in fresh oregano from Turkey;

– unauthorised use of colour E 124 – Ponceau 4R / cochineal red A in preserved vegetables from Japan;

– blanched hazelnut kernels from Turkey and whole nutmegs from India infested with moulds;

– shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chilled lamb and frozen lamb meat from New Zealand;

– poor hygienic state (dirty and soaked cartons) of frozen shrimps from India;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen king prawns and raw prawns from India;

– anthraquinone and unauthorised substance tolfenpyrad in black tea from China;

carbendazim and dimethoate in green beans from Kenya;

formetanate in fresh peppers from Turkey;

carbaryl in fresh peppers from Thailand;

–  chlorfenapyr in broccoli from China.

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

For food contact materials we have border rejections for migration of bis(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate (DOTP) from glass jar containing garlic and coriander paste from Thailand.

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