Category Archives: ACSA

Research – Evaluation of the dietary exposure of the Catalan population to mycotoxins of the genus Fusarium

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Within the framework of total diet studies, the Catalan Food Safety Agency (ACSA) publishes a second study on the evaluation of mycotoxins: “Evaluation of the dietary exposure of the Catalan population to mycotoxins of the genus Fusarium”.

In 2014, a first study was published in which the presence of the main mycotoxins in food intended for human consumption in the Catalan market was determined, and the intake of food linked to this contamination to estimate the food exposure of the population residing in Catalonia, and evaluate the risk to health (ACSA, 2014). Considering the results obtained, the ACSA considered it necessary to carry out this second, more specific study on mycotoxins, evaluating those that were found most frequently in the foods of the Catalan market, the mycotoxins of the genus Fusarium, and also taking into account the most exposed population groups.

The present study shows that the mycotoxins detected with greater frequency were DON and ENNB followed, with a much lower frequency, by mycotoxin T-2 and mycotoxins FB1 and DON-3G. The rest of mycotoxins analyzed (3-ADON, 15-ADON, NIV, FUS-X, zearalenone, HT-2, FB2 and FB3) will always present levels below the detection limit.

All the age groups evaluated have an exposure to DON and ENNB lower than the respective safety values. The average exposure of the adult population and children in Catalonia to the mycotoxin DON presents values ​​between 7.5% and 10.1% of the safety value. The average exposure of the population to ENNB presents values ​​​​that are two orders of magnitude lower than the extrapolated safety values.

Total diet studies make it possible to better understand the reality linked to the main chemical pollutants that reach the Catalan market, and in this way specific decisions can be made to correct possible risk situations for the health of consumers.

Spain – New information on the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in cooked pork head meat

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pig's head meat cooked from the alert

In relation to the alert for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in cooked pork head meat from Spain , the withdrawal is extended to another batch of the same product.

With this new information, the data of the product involved are:

Denomination: Special pig’s head

Brand: FRIAL

Lot: 2238402, with expiration date 12/14/2022.

Batch: 2238403, with expiration date 12/23/2022.

According to the information available, the distribution of the products has been in the Basque Country, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Cantabria and Galicia, although it is not ruled out that there is distribution to other autonomous communities.

With the information available there is NO record of any reported case associated with this alert.

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition has received this information from the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha and has transferred it to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information (SCIRI) in order to that the withdrawal of the affected products from the marketing channels be verified.

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that people who have the product indicated above in their homes refrain from consuming it and return it to the points of sale.

In the case of having consumed this product from the affected batches and presenting symptoms compatible with listeriosis (fever, headache, vomiting or diarrhea), it is recommended to go to a health center.

Spain – Alert due to the presence of Salmonella in beef burger meat from Spain

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Meat burger alert

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition has become aware, through the Coordinated System of Rapid Information Exchange (SCIRI), of an alert notification sent by the health authorities of Andalusia regarding the presence of Salmonella in product BURGUER MEAT of the Hamburdehesa brand.

The manufacturer has withdrawn the product from the market.

The data of the product involved are:

  • Product name: BURGER MEAT HAMBURDEHESA Dehesa heifer
  • Product appearance: Pack of 2 units of 130 g and pack of 2 units of 200 g .
  • Lot number: 300995
  • Expiry date: 02/12/2022
  • Unit weight: 260g (2x130g) and 400g (2x200g)
  • Temperature: Refrigerated

According to the information available, the product has been distributed in the autonomous communities of Andalusia and Madrid and the autonomous city of Ceuta , although other redistributions are not ruled out.

This information has been transferred to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the SCIRI in order to verify the withdrawal of the affected products from the marketing channels.

With the information available , there is no evidence in Spain of any notified case associated with this alert.

People who have products affected by this alert at home are advised to refrain from consuming them.

The presence of Salmonella in products can pose certain risks to the health of the people who consume them. In the case of having consumed this product and presenting symptoms compatible with salmonellosis (mainly diarrhea and/or vomiting accompanied by fever and headache) it is recommended to go to a health center.

Spain – Alert for the presence of Staphylococcal Toxin in fresh mozzarella from Spain

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Mozzarella Bocconcini from Albe

The Spanish Agency for Food Security and Nutrition has communicated through the Coordinated System of Rapid Information Exchange (SCIRI), an alert, transferred by the health authorities of Madrid, regarding the presence of staphylococcal toxin in the   fresh mozzarella product (queso de spun pasta) of the Bocconcini de Albe brand from Spain .

The data of the product involved are:

  • Product number: Fresh Mozzarella
  • Brand number: Bocconcini de Albe
  • Expiry date: 10/29/2022
  • Lot number: 2910
  • Unit weight : 250 g (net weight) and 150 g (drained weight)
  • Temperature: refrigerated

According to the information available, the product has been distributed in the autonomous communities of Catalonia , Andalusia, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Galicia and the Valencian Community, although other redistributions are not ruled out.

AESAN has transferred this information to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the SCIRI and to the Services of the European Commission through the European Food Alert Network (RASFF), with the aim of verifying the withdrawal of the products affected by the marketing channels.

With the available information , there is no evidence in Spain of any notified case associated with this alert.

In the case of having consumed this type of product from the affected lot and presenting any symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or prostration, it is recommended to go to a health center.

People who have products affected by this alert at home are advised to refrain from consuming them and return them to the point of purchase.

Spain – Presence of Salmonella in neutral gelatin in sheets of Hacendado brand

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affected product

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition has informed us, through the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information (SCIRI), an alert regarding the presence of Salmonella in neutral gelatin sheets of the Hacendado brand , from Germany, transferred by the health authorities of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

The company that markets the product in Spain has issued an official statement that it publishes on its website in order to withdraw the affected product from the market.

The data of the product involved are:

  • Product name: NEUTRAL GELATIN
  • Brand Name: HACENDADO
  • Product Appearance: Pack of 12 sheets
  • Batch number: A11054/01
  • Preferential consumption date: 04.2027
  • Unit Weight: 20g
  • Temperature: room

The AESAN has transferred this information to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the SCIRI and to the Services of the European Commission through the European Food Alert Network (RASFF), in order to verify the withdrawal of the products affected marketing channels.

With the information available , there is no record in Spain of any reported case associated with this alert.

People who have products affected by this alert at home are recommended to refrain from consuming them and return them to the point of purchase.

The presence of Salmonella in products can pose certain health risks to people who consume them. In the case of having consumed this product and presenting symptoms compatible with salmonellosis (mainly diarrhea and/or vomiting accompanied by fever and headache), it is recommended to go to a health center.

Catalonia- Withdrawal of heat-treated meat products from the EMBUTIDOS SALGOT SA establishment, due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes

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Withdrawal of heat-treated meat products from the EMBUTIDOS SALGOT SA establishment, due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes

The Public Health Agency of Catalonia of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya (ASPCAT) has notified the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) – through the State Food Alert Network (SCIRI) – the withdrawal of different meat products treated by the heat elaborated by the establishment EMBUTIDOS SALGOT SA, of Aiguafreda, by the presence of Listeria monocytogenes .

The products and batches withdrawn are as follows:

  • Black sausage: 211804 (Expiry 08/07/2021) and 212019 (Expiry 23/08/2021)
  • Traditional black sausage: 211804 (Expires 08/24/2021)
  • Bull of language: 212017 (Expiry 16/08/2021)

Trademark: SALGOT

Identification mark: ES 10.01878 / B (CE)

The distribution of these products has been made in Catalonia and in establishments in the autonomous communities of Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Madrid and Valencia.

ASPCAT is carrying out actions to verify the withdrawal of the product from the market, the investigation of the causes and the application of corrective measures in the manufacturing establishment.

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that people who have lots of the products listed above at home, refrain from consuming them and return them to points of sale.

In the case of having consumed these products from the affected batches and presenting any symptoms compatible with Listeriosis (vomiting, diarrhea and fever), it is recommended to go to a health center.

For more information, you can call CatSalut 24 hours a day (061).

In the event that new information on this withdrawal is available, ASPCAT will update this statement.

Spain – Alert for Salmonella spp in sweet paprika from Spain

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Packaged paprika

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) has been informed by the competent authorities of Aragon, through the Coordinated System of Rapid Information Exchange (SCIRI), of the presence of Salmonella spp in red pepper of the Vera dulce, after obtaining the results of an analysis of the product in which the presence of Salmonella spp.

The affected product is:

  • Product name: Pimentón de la Vera dulce
  • Brand: HACENDADO
  • Lot: L150719 272020
  • Bar code: 8480000341020
  • Preferred consumption: October 2021
  • Presentation: Small metal containers with plastic lid with a net weight of 75g

The company Mercadona has proceeded to remove the affected product and has informed its consumers requesting the return of the product.

This information has been transferred by AESAN to all the Autonomous Communities through the SCIRI, in order to verify the withdrawal of the affected products from the marketing channels.

With the information available, no case associated with this alert has been confirmed in Spain.

Spain – Presence of Listeria monocytogenes in Goat Cheese from the Netherlands

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The Public Health Agency of Catalonia has been informed by the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) through the Coordinated System for Rapid Information Exchange (SCIRI) of the presence of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes in the Rulo de Cabra Cheese product , made in the Netherlands and marketed from Germany.

The German company JERMI, which packages and markets the product, has detected Listeria monocytogenes in the course of its self-tests in the goat cheese cheese product, which has been sold exclusively to Lidl.

Of all the batches and expiration dates of the affected product, only lot 412 with an expiration date of 11/06/2020 has been distributed in Lidl establishments in Spain. The affected product is being withdrawn from the marketing market.

With the information available , no case associated with this alert has been confirmed in Spain.

It is recommended that people who have products affected by this alert at home, refrain from consuming them and return them to the point of purchase.

You can consult the information that the Lidl company has passed on to consumers and in which it requests the return of the product “Jermi goat cheese roll”, at the following link:

https://www.lidl.es/es/devolucion-del-pr