Alarm

In this section we repeated alert notices from the RASFF system of the European commission issued in the previous month, which we thought to be noteworthy and of interest to our clients. 

 

 

We will refrain from repeating the numerous reports on all mycotoxin and salmonella limit violations, but show only a selection to pinpoint the risks. However, we like to put your attention to the fact that in numerous cases missing allergen information was categorized as serious and caused border rejections too.

You can analyze the RASFF-site conveniently by yourself using several filter options and limit the notification to those which are of direct interest to your business.  

 

 

Chemical Hazards:

Product

Origin

3-MCPD & glycidyl esters

Glycidyl esters (1,32 mg/kg MRL: 1 mg/kg ) in sunflower oil

Unknown (notified by the Netherlands)

Glycidyl esters (4,606 mg/kg MRL:
1 mg/kg) in sesame oil

India

Glycidyl esters in vegetable Ghee

UAE

Ethylene oxide /
2-chlorethanol:

2-Chlorethanol (21,3 mg/kg ! ; MRL: 0,01mg/kg) in fat belly

USA (notified by the Netherlands)

EtO (13,5 mg/kg) in Cayenne pepper used in turkey chorizo

China

EtO (0,854 mg/kg; MRL 0,1 mg/kg) in turmeric

India

EtO (1,7 mg/kg; MRL 0,1 mg/kg) in food supplement

UK

Heavy and toxic metals

Mercury (1,4 mg/kg) in chilled yellowfin tuna

France

Cadmium (2,8 mg/kg MRL 1 mg/kg) in whole mussels

Chile (notified by France)

Histamine

in canned tuna i(>500 mg/kg) sunflower oil

China

Mycotoxins

Aflatoxins (14 µg/kg total) in brown Basmati rice

Pakistan

Ochratoxin A (7,3 µg/kg ; MRL 3 µg/kg) in Flour

Czech Republic

Aflatoxins (12,2 µg/kg total) in nutmeg

Indonesia

PAH

Benzo(a)pyrene (2,9 µg/kg; MRL: 2 µg/kg) in sunflower oil

Ukraine

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 78,8 µg/kg; MRL 50 µg/kg) in white pepper

Vietnam

Benzo(a)pyrene (24,4 & 35,6 µg/kg; MRL: 10 µg/kg) in turmeric

India

Pesticides

Thiametoxam (0,052 & 0,078 mg/kg MRL: 0,01 mg/kg and non-authorised substance Tricyclazol (0,052 mg/kg & 0,17 mg/kg ! MRL: 0,01 mg/kg) in rice

India

Anthraquinone (0,042 mg/kg ; MRL 0,02 mg/kg) in green tea

China

Chlorpyrifos (0,023 mg/kg; MRL 0,01 mg/kg) in red chilli peppers

Vietnam

Carbofuran (0,033 mg/kg ; MRL 0,01 mg/kg) in organic buckwheat kernels

China

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids

in cumin (154000 µg/kg !; 2780 µg/kg; 14100 µg/kg !; MRL 400 µg/kg)

India

in cumin (12350 µg/kg ! retested 10560 µg/kg !; MRL 400 µg/kg)

Turkey

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

in food supplement (2305 mg/kg)

Unknown notified by Czech Republic

 

Microbiological Hazards

Product

Origin

Bacillus cereus

in Tofu medaillons with spinach (270.000 CFU/g)

Italy

Listeria monocytogenes

in cream cheese

Spain

In vegan falafel

Netherlands

in vegetal cheese-like speciality

France

Norovirus*

in oysters (4)

France & Netherlands

 

Other Hazards

Origin

Excessive curcumin content (473 mg) in food supplement

Germany

 

 

 

YOUR PLUS: *Our laboratory AGROLAB Blasy-Busse is allowed to work with pathogenic food viruses and offers also analysis for Norovirus.

 

 

 

Link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/rasff-window/

 

 

 

 

Author: Dr. Frank Mörsberger 

 

 

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