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March 30th, 2021

March 30th, 2021

In order to keep the Indian exporters informed of the rejections faced by Indian products in the EU and to take preventive actions FIEO is forwarding the Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed (RASFF) and for Non-Food Consumer Products (RAPEX) alerts on a weekly basis.

The alerts from EU generated during 23rd - 29th March 2021 are as under:
1. Alert: Toothpaste originated from India is microbiologically contaminated with mesophilic aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould (measured values 10500 cfu/g).
In addition, in particular Pseudomonas and aerobic spore-forming organisms were identified, hence there is a risk of contracting infections. The micro-organisms may potentially cause illness in some consumers, particularly those with a weakened immune system.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation and the relevant European standard EN 17516.
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Retailer): Destruction of the product, stop of sales, Other: Official securing of the packs that are still available.
Measures ordered by economic operators (to: Retailer): Recall of the product from end users 
  • Country of origin: India
  • Notifying country: Germany
  • Category: Cosmetics
  • Year - week: 2021 - 12
  • Risk Type: Microbiological
2. Alert: Unauthorised substance ethylene oxide in various quantities in organic ground ginger and in sesame seeds (in hulled, in hulled organic, in organic black) from India.
  • Notification from: Germany
  • Risk: Serious
  • Notification type: Food - alert - company's own check
3. Alert: Salmonella enterica ser. Given (presence /25g) in turmeric powder from India.
  • Notification from: Netherlands
  • Risk: Serious
  • Notification type: Food - information for attention - company's own check
  • Action Taken: Informing consignor
  • Date: 29-03-2021
4. Alert: Unauthorised substance chlorpyrifos (0.052 mg/kg - ppm) in ground cumin from India, via the United Kingdom.
  • Notification from: Germany
  • Risk: Undecided
  • Notification type: Food - information for attention - official control on the market
  • Action Taken: Recall from consumers
  • Date: 25-03-2021
5. Alert: Unauthorised substances monocrotophos (0.13 mg/kg - ppm) and acephate (0.19 mg/kg - ppm) in drumsticks (Moringa oleifera) from India.
  • Notification from: Germany
  • Risk: Undecided
  • Notification type: Food - information for attention - border control - consignment released
  • Action Taken: Destruction
  • Date: 23-03-2021

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