Category Archives: Moulds

RASFF Alerts – Mold/Moulds – Almonds – Dried Apricots


Presence of fungal hyphae and and traces of parasites in almonds from The United States in Italy


Mould formation on dried apricots from Turkiye in Austria and the Netherlands

RASFF Alert- Animal Feed – Mould/Mold – Corn Feed


Mould in feed – corn from UA in Belgium. Poland and Ukraine

RASFF Alerts – Mould – Feed Material


Claviceps Purpurea in Rye (feed material) from Poland in the Netherlands

Czech Republic – Landana jalapeno – Mold/Mould


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Place of inspection:
Frýdek-Místek ( Příborská 2270, 738 01 Frýdek-Místek )
ID: 28643500
Food group: Milk and milk products Cheese

Landana jalapeno
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

fungi visible to the eye

The presence of mold was detected on the surface of the product. The food smelled strongly of spoilage.

Food is not considered safe if it shows signs of spoilage.

Unsuitable storage temperatures of this product were not detected during the inspection. The food did not have an expired minimum durability date.

Batch: DMT 27.3.2023
Best before date: DMT 27.3.2023
Packaging: wax
Quantity of the product in the package: 4.535 kg
Importer: Boutique Gurmán s.r.o., Dobratice 283
Country of origin:  Netherlands
Date of sample collection: 27/01/2023
Reference number: 23-000113-SZPI-CZ
The sample was detected by the official control of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection.

RASFF Alert- Mycotoxin – Patulin – Apple Puree


Presence of patulin in apple puree at a high level from France in Benin, French Polynesia, Guinea, Morocco, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Research – Microbial Load of Fresh Blueberries Harvested by Different Methods



Currently, more and more growers are transitioning to the use of over-the-row machine harvesters for harvesting fresh market blueberries. This study assessed the microbial load of fresh blueberries harvested by different methods. Samples (n = 336) of ‘Draper’ and ‘Liberty’ northern highbush blueberries, which were harvested using a conventional over-the-row machine harvester, a modified machine harvester prototype, ungloved but sanitized hands, and hands wearing sterile gloves were collected from a blueberry farm near Lynden, WA, in the Pacific Northwest at 9 am, 12 noon, and 3 pm on four different harvest days during the 2019 harvest season. Eight replicates of each sample were collected at each sampling point and evaluated for the populations of total aerobes (TA), total yeasts and molds (YM), and total coliforms (TC), as well as for the incidence of fecal coliforms and enterococci. The harvest method was a significant factor (p < 0.05) influencing the TA and TC counts, the harvest time was a significant factor influencing the YM counts, while the blueberry cultivar was an insignificant (p > 0.05) factor for all three indicator microorganisms. These results suggest that effective harvester cleaning methods should be developed to prevent fresh blueberry contamination by microorganisms. This research will likely benefit blueberry and other fresh fruit producers.

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Ergot – Mould – Mycotoxin – Rye Feed


Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in rye (feed) from Poland in Germany

Belgium – Ground Melon Seeds – Egusi Ground (227g) – Salmonella and Aflatoxin


Ahmed Exotic BV recall
Product: Ground Melon Seeds – Egusi Ground (227g).
Problem: Presence of Aflatoxins and Salmonella.

In agreement with the FASFC, Ahmed Exotic BV is withdrawing ground melon seeds – Egusi Ground (227g) from sale and recalling them from consumers due to the presence of Aflatoxins and Salmonella.

Ahmed Exotic BV asks its customers not to consume this product and to return it to the point of sale in which it was purchased, where they will be reimbursed.

Product Description

– Product Name: Ground Melon Seeds – Ground Egusi
– Brand: Nina
– Date of Minimum Durability (BDD): 01/01/2024
– Article Number: 4455-50
– Period of Sale: from 13 /03/2022 to 07/12/2022
– Type of packaging: plastic bag
– Weight: 227 g

The product has been distributed by Ahmed Exotic BC – Wondelgemstraat at 9000 Ghent

For further information , contact Ahmed Exotic BV,

RASFF Alert – Mould/Mold – Protein Snack


Mould in protein snack from Finland in Poland and Spain

Research – Major Soilborne Pathogens of Field Processing Tomatoes and Management Strategies



Globally, tomato is the second most cultivated vegetable crop next to potato, preferentially grown in temperate climates. Processing tomatoes are generally produced in field conditions, in which soilborne pathogens have serious impacts on tomato yield and quality by causing diseases of the tomato root system. Major processing tomato-producing countries have documented soilborne diseases caused by a variety of pathogens including bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and oomycetes, which are of economic importance and may threaten food security. Recent field surveys in the Australian processing tomato industry showed that plant growth and yield were significantly affected by soilborne pathogens, especially Fusarium oxysporum and Pythium species. Globally, different management methods have been used to control diseases such as the use of resistant tomato cultivars, the application of fungicides, and biological control. Among these methods, biocontrol has received increasing attention due to its high efficiency, target-specificity, sustainability and public acceptance. The application of biocontrol is a mix of different strategies, such as applying antagonistic microorganisms to the field, and using the beneficial metabolites synthesized by these microorganisms. This review provides a broad review of the major soilborne fungal/oomycete pathogens of the field processing tomato industry affecting major global producers, the traditional and biological management practices for the control of the pathogens, and the various strategies of the biological control for tomato soilborne diseases. The advantages and disadvantages of the management strategies are discussed, and highlighted is the importance of biological control in managing the diseases in field processing tomatoes under the pressure of global climate change.