Food safety recall round-up 28 July - 3 August 2017

Recalls: Fipronil, histamine and acrylamide

Food safety recall round-up

NVWA urged consumers not to eat white eggs with code 2-NL-4015502 from one producer because the content was so high that it presented an acute danger to public health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies fipronil as being moderately toxic to humans. In large quantities, it can cause damage to the liver, thyroid or kidneys.

Member states were notified by Belgium about levels in certain foods of animal origin via the RASFF system.

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Results of fipronil levels range from 0.0031 to 1.2 mg per kg in chicken eggs and from 0.0015 to 0.0156 mg per kg in chicken meat.

The Acute Reference Dose (ARfD) derived from developmental toxicity studies with rats is 0.009 mg per kg body weight (bw).

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said the level for children is exceeded by chicken eggs.

"This does not necessarily mean that the consumption of chicken eggs poses a concrete health risk, but it indicates that, in line with the current level of available knowledge, a health risk is possible for children with the required margin of safety after consuming these contaminated chicken eggs."

A fipronil concentration of 0.72 mg/kg can be regarded as the maximum concentration in chicken eggs at which no acute health risk exists, added the agency in a health assessment.

L’AFSCA in Belgium is investigating its use in the poultry sector with the Parquet.

The agency said trade in eggs suspected of being contaminated has been stopped and all companies affected by potential contamination are blocked while samples are being analyzed.

It added based on risk analysis so far and first results, no public health hazard has been identified.

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Netherlands, Belgium and Germany: The Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) is investigating the illegal use of fipronil in the poultry sector.

It is used in veterinary products against fleas, mites and ticks. It cannot be used for animals intended for the food chain, such as chickens.

The agency said it had blocked seven firms after fipronil was found in eggs. In these companies, the same company did a lice treatment in July.

We are following the situation closely. Issues related to food safety hence public #health are priority. #fipronil #eggs #eieren @Food_EU https://t.co/78l6i20I4r

— Vytenis Andriukaitis (@V_Andriukaitis) August 2, 2017

NVWA urged consumers not to eat white eggs with code 2-NL-4015502 from one producer because the content was so high that it presented an acute danger to public health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies fipronil as being moderately toxic to humans. In large quantities, it can cause damage to the liver, thyroid or kidneys.

Member states were notified by Belgium about levels in certain foods of animal origin via the RASFF system.

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Results of fipronil levels range from 0.0031 to 1.2 mg per kg in chicken eggs and from 0.0015 to 0.0156 mg per kg in chicken meat.

The Acute Reference Dose (ARfD) derived from developmental toxicity studies with rats is 0.009 mg per kg body weight (bw).

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said the level for children is exceeded by chicken eggs.

"This does not necessarily mean that the consumption of chicken eggs poses a concrete health risk, but it indicates that, in line with the current level of available knowledge, a health risk is possible for children with the required margin of safety after consuming these contaminated chicken eggs."

A fipronil concentration of 0.72 mg/kg can be regarded as the maximum concentration in chicken eggs at which no acute health risk exists, added the agency in a health assessment.

L’AFSCA in Belgium is investigating its use in the poultry sector with the Parquet.

The agency said trade in eggs suspected of being contaminated has been stopped and all companies affected by potential contamination are blocked while samples are being analyzed.

It added based on risk analysis so far and first results, no public health hazard has been identified.

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Ireland: Aldi Stores and Lidl Ireland are recalling mackerel fillets due to elevated levels of histamine.

Aldi Stores recall covers Skellig Bay Mackerel Fillets 300g with a use by of 30/6/2017. Although the affected batch is past its ‘use by date’, consumers may have it in their freezers. They are advised not to eat it.

Lidl Ireland recalled Inismara Irish Mackerel Fillets 300g with approval number: IE CK 0086 EC. It has a ‘Use by date’: 02/07/2017 and consumers who have the implicated batch frozen at home are advised not to eat it.

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Ireland: Aldi Stores and Lidl Ireland are recalling mackerel fillets due to elevated levels of histamine.

Aldi Stores recall covers Skellig Bay Mackerel Fillets 300g with a use by of 30/6/2017. Although the affected batch is past its ‘use by date’, consumers may have it in their freezers. They are advised not to eat it.

Lidl Ireland recalled Inismara Irish Mackerel Fillets 300g with approval number: IE CK 0086 EC. It has a ‘Use by date’: 02/07/2017 and consumers who have the implicated batch frozen at home are advised not to eat it.

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France: A Belkorn brand product for enfants has been recalled due to high levels of acrylamide.

\'Biskids au jus de pommes concentré pour enfants de six mois et plus\' 150g has lot number 164802 and date 29/11/2017.

The biscuits were sold by various retail stores. All distributors have been informed and products have been removed from sale.

An EU vote last month seems to be paving the way to require manufacturers to reduce acrylamide levels.

Acrylamide is a chemical compound formed during cooking at high temperatures and in dry conditions in products of plant origin and rich in sugars. Ingestion in high amounts is harmful to health.

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France: A Belkorn brand product for enfants has been recalled due to high levels of acrylamide.

\'Biskids au jus de pommes concentré pour enfants de six mois et plus\' 150g has lot number 164802 and date 29/11/2017.

The biscuits were sold by various retail stores. All distributors have been informed and products have been removed from sale.

An EU vote last month seems to be paving the way to require manufacturers to reduce acrylamide levels.

Acrylamide is a chemical compound formed during cooking at high temperatures and in dry conditions in products of plant origin and rich in sugars. Ingestion in high amounts is harmful to health.

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New Zealand: Ready to Eat trading as Muscle Fuel is recalling four meals due to the presence of Listeria.

Muscle Fuel brand Turkish Style Chicken & Rice Lite 235g, Turkish Style Chicken & Rice Maxi 360g, Vegetarian Chickpea & Pumpkin Rosti on Spinach Salad Lite 255g and Vegetarian Chickpea & Pumpkin Rosti on Spinach Salad Maxi 330g are affected.

All products have best before 4/8/2017, 5/8/2017 or 6/8/2017 and are sold throughout New Zealand from the Muscle Fuel website.

The firm said it was told by one of its fresh produce suppliers that Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the cabbage in the meals.

There have been no reports of illness.

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New Zealand: Ready to Eat trading as Muscle Fuel is recalling four meals due to the presence of Listeria.

Muscle Fuel brand Turkish Style Chicken & Rice Lite 235g, Turkish Style Chicken & Rice Maxi 360g, Vegetarian Chickpea & Pumpkin Rosti on Spinach Salad Lite 255g and Vegetarian Chickpea & Pumpkin Rosti on Spinach Salad Maxi 330g are affected.

All products have best before 4/8/2017, 5/8/2017 or 6/8/2017 and are sold throughout New Zealand from the Muscle Fuel website.

The firm said it was told by one of its fresh produce suppliers that Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the cabbage in the meals.

There have been no reports of illness.

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US: JBS USA is recalling almost 5,000 pounds of ground beef due to shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging in the product.

Ground chuck beef items were produced on July 15 and shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina for further sell on, said the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

2-lb. black Styrofoam plastic wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “Certified Angus Beef Ground Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat” with a production date 7/15/17 and case code 541640 is affected.

The problem was discovered when JBS USA was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product. FSIS has received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of the products.

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US: JBS USA is recalling almost 5,000 pounds of ground beef due to shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging in the product.

Ground chuck beef items were produced on July 15 and shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina for further sell on, said the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

2-lb. black Styrofoam plastic wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “Certified Angus Beef Ground Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat” with a production date 7/15/17 and case code 541640 is affected.

The problem was discovered when JBS USA was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product. FSIS has received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of the products.

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US: Amrita Health Foods is recalling protein bars because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalled Amrita Bars were distributed across the country via retail stores, ecommerce and direct.

60g Chocolate Maca Bar, Dark Chocolate Quinoa, Sunflower Seed Butter and 50g Chocolate Chip Coconut, Mango Coconut, Apricot Strawberry, Pineapple Chia, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Raisin are affected.

They were produced from April 24 – May 31 with best buy dates of 4/24/2018 to 5/31/2018. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date.

Hudson Valley Foods told Amrita Health Foods that sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter sold to the company could be potentially contaminated after it did routine testing.

Amrita Health Foods ceased production and distribution upon receiving the news.

“We sincerely apologize for this situation that occurred with one of our ingredient suppliers. As soon as our team was notified, we immediately set our recall plan into action to ensure the safety and health of our customers,” said Arshad Bahl, CEO of Amrita Health Foods.

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US: Amrita Health Foods is recalling protein bars because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recalled Amrita Bars were distributed across the country via retail stores, ecommerce and direct.

60g Chocolate Maca Bar, Dark Chocolate Quinoa, Sunflower Seed Butter and 50g Chocolate Chip Coconut, Mango Coconut, Apricot Strawberry, Pineapple Chia, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Raisin are affected.

They were produced from April 24 – May 31 with best buy dates of 4/24/2018 to 5/31/2018. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date.

Hudson Valley Foods told Amrita Health Foods that sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter sold to the company could be potentially contaminated after it did routine testing.

Amrita Health Foods ceased production and distribution upon receiving the news.

“We sincerely apologize for this situation that occurred with one of our ingredient suppliers. As soon as our team was notified, we immediately set our recall plan into action to ensure the safety and health of our customers,” said Arshad Bahl, CEO of Amrita Health Foods.

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Norway: BAMA has recalled a batch of watermelon from Spain after finding a pesticide residue above the limit.

The findings were made in samples of \'Vannmelon\' supplied by Anecoop available for sale 25-27 July. Potentially, 2,640 of the watermelons could have been sold in different parts of the country and stores.

BAMA said the analyzes found the pesticide, which it did not name, in the shell, which few eat. The supplier has identified the source of error and corrective measures have been taken, it added.

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Norway: BAMA has recalled a batch of watermelon from Spain after finding a pesticide residue above the limit.

The findings were made in samples of \'Vannmelon\' supplied by Anecoop available for sale 25-27 July. Potentially, 2,640 of the watermelons could have been sold in different parts of the country and stores.

BAMA said the analyzes found the pesticide, which it did not name, in the shell, which few eat. The supplier has identified the source of error and corrective measures have been taken, it added.

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Finland: His & Hers Oy has recalled sweets that contain wheat not noted in the list of ingredients.

\'Warhead Sour twist candy, 99g\' with date 13 OCT 2018 has been on the market since March 2017 in Vantaalla, Kuopiossa, Porvoossa and Turussa.

Wheat flour has been missed from the Finnish/Swedish list of ingredients, but is mentioned in the "may contain small amounts" allergy warning. The labeling error gives a false impression of the amount of wheat in the product and can pose a serious risk to consumers with such an allergy.

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Finland: His & Hers Oy has recalled sweets that contain wheat not noted in the list of ingredients.

\'Warhead Sour twist candy, 99g\' with date 13 OCT 2018 has been on the market since March 2017 in Vantaalla, Kuopiossa, Porvoossa and Turussa.

Wheat flour has been missed from the Finnish/Swedish list of ingredients, but is mentioned in the "may contain small amounts" allergy warning. The labeling error gives a false impression of the amount of wheat in the product and can pose a serious risk to consumers with such an allergy.

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Germany: COPACK Tiefkühlkost Produktionsgesellschaft mbH has recalled a fried rice meal due to potential plastic contamination.

Nasi Goreng of brand Satori 750g with date 06.2018 and lot number L7163N12 is affected.

It was sold at Netto Marken-Discount, said the company.

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Germany: COPACK Tiefkühlkost Produktionsgesellschaft mbH has recalled a fried rice meal due to potential plastic contamination.

Nasi Goreng of brand Satori 750g with date 06.2018 and lot number L7163N12 is affected.

It was sold at Netto Marken-Discount, said the company.

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Denmark: Løgismose has recalled two lots of chicken due to high levels of Campylobacter.

Løgismose Kyllingen Hel kylling (whole chicken) with date 31-7-17 and lot numbers 1719439961 and 1719931511 is affected.

It was sold in Netto stores east of Great Belt (Storebælt) bridge and Føtex Food.

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Denmark: Løgismose has recalled two lots of chicken due to high levels of Campylobacter.

Løgismose Kyllingen Hel kylling (whole chicken) with date 31-7-17 and lot numbers 1719439961 and 1719931511 is affected.

It was sold in Netto stores east of Great Belt (Storebælt) bridge and Føtex Food.

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Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark. 

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