Food recalls in EU – Week 49/2015

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 can 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:
  1. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
  1. Seizures:
  1. Border rejections:
  • Absence of health certificate(s) for chilled okra from India
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 27.3 / Tot. = 36.8 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 27.8; Tot. = 29.7 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran and (B1 = 40; Tot. = 47 µg/kg – ppb) from the United States
  • Aflatoxins (B1 = 9.0; Tot. = 11 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina
  • Bacterial contamination (9; 36; 27; 18; 36; 9; 18 CFU/g) of canned tuna in vegetable oil from Thailand
  • Dead insects and excrements of insects in dried split ginger root from Nigeriainfested with moulds (81,76 %)
  • Fosthiazate (0.101 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled sweet peppers from Turkey
  • Mercury (0.61 mg/kg – ppm) in red scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa) from Tunisia
  • Methomyl (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled strawberries from Egypt
  • Propamocarb (0.055 mg/kg – ppm) and pyridalyl (0.064 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled strawberries from Egypt
  • Salmonella (1 out of 5 samples /25g) in betel leaves from India
  • Unauthorised use of colour E 124 – Ponceau 4R / cochineal red A (87 mg/kg – ppm) in custard powder from Colombia

 (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)."