Food recalls in EU/Week 41

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:

– Biocontaminants: histamine in canned anchovies in olive oil, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain (via Netherlands), notified by Malta;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in organic cooked ham and mortadella, following company’s own check. Origin Italy, notified by France, distributed also to Austria, Germany and Hong Kong;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in organic soft white cheese, following an official control on the market. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany, Sweden and United Kingdom;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Campylobacter in mixed baby leaves, following company’s own check. Origin Denmark, notified by Denmark, distributed also to Germany;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella Dublin in raw milk cheese, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by Denmark.

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

– Pathogenic micro organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chicken breast fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland, notified by Denmark.

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

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen swordfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Spain, distributed also to Italy;

– Organoleptic aspects and food additives and flavourings: abnormal smell of and undeclared sulphites in desiccated coconut, following consumer’s complaint. Origin Malaysia (via Romania), notified by Hungary, distributed also to Slovakia;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: too high count of Escherichia Coli in live clams, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Spain;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: possible presence of Bacillus anthracis in beef, following an official control on the market. Origin Poland (raw materials from Slovakia), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes in pate with riesling wine, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Luxembourg;

– Pathogenic micro organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in chilled yellow chicken, following company’s own check. Origin France, notified by France, distributed also to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in groundnuts from China and India (via Egypt) and in whole nutmegs from Indonesia;

– cadmium in frozen mussels from Chile;

– Norovirus in in frozen cooked whole white clams from Vietnam;

– poor temperature control – rupture of the cold chain of frozen jumbo squid from Peru and of frozen fish, crustaceans and molluscs from Mozambique;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) furazolidone (AOZ) in frozen shrimps from India and nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen catfish from Vietnam;

– E 452 – polyphosphates unauthorised in preparation of surimi with Pacific Pollock from the United States;

– dithiocarbamates in vine leaves in brine and vine leaves from Turkey;

– dithiocarbamates and iprodione in dragon fruits from Vietnam;

– unauthorised substance permethrin in mint from Morocco;

– monocrotophos and acephate in frozen okra from India;

– omethoate and dimethoate in fresh peas from Kenya;

– unauthorised substance dichlorvos in dried beans from Nigeria;

– triazophos in yardlong beans from Cambodia;

– high content of iodine (3200 mg/kg – ppm) in dried seaweed from China;

– chickpeas from Argentina infested with insects.

For feed, we have border rejections for Salmonella spp. in roasted guar meal 40% from India and dried beet pulp from Ukraine infested with moulds.

For food contact materials we have a border rejection for migration of manganese from barbecue plates and grids of enamelled iron and strainers, and migration of nickel from corkscrew from China

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EU update list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks 15.09.2014

Controls performed at European Union borders on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 continue to deliver results and, as a consequence, the EU is removing some products from the list of feed and food of non-animal origin that are subject to an increased level of official controls by national competent authorities at the border. As a result of the satisfactory results reported by Member States, frozen strawberries and pomelos from China will be de-listed from the Regulation’s Annex I. This means that these products will no longer be subject to the reinforced scheme (the checks performed by competent authorities will again be ‘routine’ ones).

Concerning new listings, the following commodities will be added to the list of feed and food which are subject to reinforced border checks: aubergines, Chinese celery and yardlong beans (food) originating from Cambodia at a control frequency of physical and identity checks of 50% due to the possible occurrence of pesticide residues; sesamum seeds (food) originating from India at a control frequency of 20% due to their possible contamination with Salmonella; and dragon fruit (food) from Viet Nam at a control frequency of 20% due to the possible occurrence of pesticide residues.

At the meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed on 12 September 2014, Member States endorsed the Commission’s proposal to amend Annex I to the Regulation by reflecting the abovementioned changes.

The amendments are expected to enter into force as of 1 October 2014.

(Source: DG Sanco website)