Food Recalls in EU – Week 47/2015

Food Recalls
Food Recalls


This article is a recent 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 of last week (separated by type of risk 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/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:
  • None
  1. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
  1. Seizures:
  1. Border rejections:
  • Absence of certified analytical reportfor sesame sauce from China
  • Acetamiprid (0.682 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh peppers from Turkey
  • Aflatoxins(B1 = 10.5; Tot. = 17.2 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, in dried fig cubes (B1 = 9.7; Tot. = 21.5 µg/kg – ppb) and in dried figs with rice flour (B1 = 18.49; Tot. = 19.2 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
  • Aflatoxins(B1 = 12.9; Tot. = 14.6 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachios in shell from Iran
  • Aflatoxins(B1 = 14.9; Tot. = 16.1 µg/kg – ppb) in nutmeg powder from India
  • Aflatoxins(B1 = 3.44 / B1 = 3.46 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts blanched from Brazil
  • Aflatoxins(B1 = 6 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and in granulated dried chili (B1 = 69; Tot. = 77 µg/kg – ppb) from China
  • Attempt to illegally importfrozen hake (Merluccius merluccius) from Senegal
  • Benzo(a)pyrene(3.73 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(14.35 µg/kg – ppb) in refined bleached deodorized palm olein from Malaysia
  • Chlorpyrifos(0.42 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorized substance phenthoate (0.06 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine (whole black picual olives) from Egypt
  • E 385 – calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate (CDEDTA) unauthorized and unauthorized food additive brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in carbonated drink from Kuwait
  • Ethion (0.17 mg/kg – ppm) in raisins from Iran
  • Salmonella(presence in 4 of 13 samples /25g) in fish meal from Mauritania
  • Fosthiazate(0.063 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh pepper from Turkey
  • Fraudulent health certificate(s)for frozen yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Belize
  • Mercury(0.84 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled John Dory (Zeus faber) from Tunisia
  • Salmonella(detected /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli(O142:H38 /25g) in frozen boneless beef (bos taurus) from Brazil
  • Tau-fluvalinate(0.027 mg/kg – ppm) in sweet peppers from Turkey
  • Too high content of vitamin D(2500% of NRVs), of vitamin B12 (40000% of NRVs), and of vitamin E (2225% NRVs), and unauthorized novel food ingredients leaves of Annona muricata and raspberry ketone in food supplements from the United States
  • Unauthorized substance dithiocarbamates(0.093 mg/kg – ppm) in dragon fruit from Vietnam

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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)."