Food Recalls in EU – Week 46 – 2015

Food Recalls
Food Recalls


This article is an extraction of data from the European Commission RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) and reports all the main food safety issues in the EU last week (divided by risk type and of notification).

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This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed), we find the following notifications:

  1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:
  1. Information for attention/follow-up followed by a recall from consumers:
  1. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
  1. Seizures:


  1. Border rejections:
  • Abnormal smell and dead mites and insects, in black pepper husk from India
  • Absence of health certificate(s) for mirin (rice wine) from China
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 23.76; Tot. = 47.04 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs and in shelled hazelnuts (Tot. = 43.6 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 31; Tot. = 34 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from United States and Iran (B1 = 32.7; Tot. = 34.7 µg/kg – ppb)
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 52.5; Tot. = 57.6 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 7.7; Tot. = 8.3 µg/kg – ppb) in cheese flavoured snacks from Philippines
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 8.8; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in chia seeds from Paraguay
  • Chlorpyrifos (0.35 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (34.1 mg/kg – ppm) and manganese (66.6 mg/kg – ppm) from blades for food preparation from Brazil
  • FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of nickel (0.37 mg/kg – ppm) from chromium-coated steel grill for microwave from China via Hong Kong
  • Formetanate (0.334 mg/kg – ppm) in peppers from Turkey
  • Fosthiazate (0.044 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • Fraudulent health certificate(s) for frozen clams from South Korea
  • Mercury (0.95 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled grouper (Epinephelus guaza) from Tunisia
  • Methomyl (0.095 mg/kg – ppm) and dimethoate (0.082 mg/kg – ppm) in yardlong beans (Vigna unguiculata) from the Dominican Republic
  • Poor temperature control of frozen octopus (Octopus vulgaris) from Mauritania
  • Procymidone (1.6 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh garlic stems from China
  • Propamocarb (0.22 mg/kg – ppm) and fluopicolide (0.034 mg/kg – ppm) in peas (Pisum sativum) from Kenya
  • Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Spoilage of chilled bananas, pineapples, lemons, and avocados from Ecuador infested with moulds
  • Too high content of sulphite (3556 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey
  • Unauthorized substance: carbendazim (0.34 mg/kg – ppm) in oolong tea from China
  • Unauthorized use of colour E 110 – Sunset Yellow FCF in various flavour noodles from Philippines.

Source: EU RASFF Portal

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Cesare Varallo
Cesare Varallo is a lawyer in Italy and his specialization lies mainly on food safety, food labeling and food regulatory issues. He founded the website and in 2013 he started his independent consultancy activity for the food business operators. He assist clients in crisis management and offers complete and tailor-made support to companies during food recalls/withdrawals procedures. He also provides legal assistance to clients both in managing consumer’s complaints and in drafting internal procedures to minimize the impact of these incidents. Since April, 2014 he is Vice President of Business and Regulatory Affairs EU at Inscatech, a US based company which, due to its one of a kind approach, is establishing new standards in the fight against food frauds. Inscatech, indeed, is well recognized in the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) as provider of food fraud intelligence and validated supply chain mapping. He is involved in several teaching and scientific activities, both for private companies and for public institutions, especially regarding food safety. He writes regularly on several Italian and international reviews. He is member of the AIDA-IFLA (Italian Food Law Association) and of the AIBADA (Asociación Iberoamericana para el Derecho Alimentario). Cesare is married and father of one wonderful little lady. He was a professional waterpolo player, and now he is trying to stay fit practicing hiking, mountain bike and swimming. Labrador dogs lover, compulsive reader of historical subjects and military strategy, he expresses his love for food cooking both Italian and ethnical dishes (he is ferociously omnivorous)."