Category Archives: Mold Toxin

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Groundnuts – Dried Figs


Aflatoxin in Argentine groundnuts in the Netherlands


Aflatoxins B1 in organic dried figs from Turkey in Germany


Aflatoxins IN DRIED FIGS GARLAND FROM TURKEY in Bulgaria and Hungary

RASFF Alerts – Ochratoxin A – Dried Figs


Ochratoxin A in Turkish dried Figs in the Netherlands


Ochratoxin A in dried figs from Turkey in Italy

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Pistachios – Almonds


AFLATOXINS IN PISTACHIOS from Turkey in France and Bulgaria


Almonds from USA with Aflatoxins level higher than allowed levels in Spain

Belgium –  Knijpfruit appel-peer (apple-pear compote) of the AH brand – Mycotoxin – Patulin


Recall of Albert Heijn
Product: Knijpfruit appel-peer (apple-pear compote) of the AH brand.
Problem: too high patulin content (mycotoxin).

In agreement with the FASFC, Albert Heijn has decided to withdraw from stores all the product ‘Knijpfruit appel-peer’ (apple-pear compote) of the AH brand. The product contains too much patulin (a mycotoxin).

Customers are asked not to consume the product and to bring it back to an Albert Heijn store, where they will be reimbursed.

Product description

• Product category: fruit-based snack
• Product name: Knijpfruit appel-peer
• Brand: Albert Heijn
• Expiry date (BDD – date of minimum durability): all BDDs
• Sale period: until to 20-09-2022 included
• Type of packaging: flexible packaging

For further information , contact Albert Heijn on 0800 777 05.

Research – USDA Discovers 33 New Mycotoxin-Producing Fungi Species

Food Safety Magazine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA’s ARS) has discovered 33 new species of mycotoxin-producing fungi belonging to the genus Fusarium.

According to ARS scientists, many Fusarium species produce harmful secondary metabolites in plant tissues including trichothecenes, which are among the mycotoxins of greatest concern to food safety and human health. Not only do mycotoxins present an immediate threat to livestock and humans as they can cause illness, they may also be carcinogenic if consumed regularly over a prolonged period.

Norway – Organic Whole Grain Rye Pasta – Ochratoxin A


“Bartolini Eko macaron 100% żytni pełnoziarnisty (ekologiczny) gniazda” with a best before date of 30/06/2024 will be withdrawn from the market. The reason is that the mold substance Ochratoxin A has been detected in the product.

Favoritt Mat AS in Stavanger reports that the products were sold to consumers as of 3 November 2021. The products are sold out in the store now, but can still be found at consumers’ homes.

Favoritt Mat AS asks consumers who have bought the product to throw it away or return it to the store.

Ochratoxin A is a naturally occurring toxin that is most often detected in moldy grain, legumes, coffee beans, some dried fruits, as well as juice and wine produced from grapes. Ochratoxins can cause kidney damage in humans and animals, and are suspected of being carcinogenic.

Contact information

Favorite Food AS: Piotr Demski tel: 968 78 600

Research – Drought-stressed maize is more likely to present mycotoxin risk.

The Cattle Site

The extremely hot weather this summer has meant many maize forage crops have grown under drought stressed conditions, which has increased the likelihood of in-field mycotoxins developing, according to UK agricultural supply company Wynnstay.

Wynnstay dairy specialist Beth Parry urges dairy farmers to be aware of this heightened mycotoxin risk when feeding maize forage this autumn and winter.

“With potentially limited forage stocks following a difficult growing season, farmers are going to need to maximise feed utilisation and digestion to ensure performance isn’t impacted too greatly this winter,” she said.

“In-field mycotoxins are more likely to be present in silages if the crop experienced any kind of stress, such as growing in drought conditions, because moulds and fungi will have had more opportunity to take hold and produce mycotoxins,” she added.

Israel – Notice to the public: call for the recall of Zaroubi ground nutmeg – Aflatoxins


Zaroubi Petzohi HaGalil Company informs the public of our customer that due to an inspection by the North District Food Service at the Ministry of Health, a suspicion of higher than permitted levels of aflatoxins (toxins) was discovered in a ground nutmeg product “produced by Zaroubi Ltd.”, weighing 100 grams in a jar .

Italy – Lidl, withdraw peanuts for the presence of toxins: the note from the Ministry

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The Ministry of Health has announced the food withdrawal by the producer of the batch of Alesto branded peanuts in shell which are marketed and sold by the well-known Lidl chain.

The reason for the umpteenth recall is shocking: traces of aflatoxins were found beyond the permitted limits.

The packs to which the recall refers are those from 500 grams with lot number 19522P and the minimum storage term 07/2023.

As a precaution, the company has asked to return the following product to the store where the following product was purchased in order to initiate the refund procedures.

France – APPLE FRUIT DESSERT X16- Mycotoxin – Patulin

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fruits and vegetables
  • Product brand name SWEETNESS OF THE ORCHARD
  • Model names or references APPLE FRUIT DESSERT X16
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3564700198254 LF2205691 Date of minimum durability 01/25/2023
  • Products Listposter_reminder_DESSERT_DE_FRUIT_POMME_X16.pdfAttachment
  • Packaging16 CUPS OF 100G
  • Marketing start/end date From 05/08/2022 to 19/09/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Further information Only products bearing the additional code 08 following the barcode are affected by the recall.
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors E.LECLERC

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of Patulin beyond regulatory limits
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Patulin
  • Additional description of the risk Mycotoxins are substances produced by microscopic fungi. These substances can present a health risk in the event of significant and repeated consumption over the long term.