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CAFIA found mushrooms from China with non-declared sulphites

02/09/2017
 

Within monitoring of foreign substances, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) found a lot of SHI-TA-KE mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) containing allergenic sulphite which was not indicated on the labelling. Samples of the lot in question – labelled as F.W. Tandoori, spol. s.r.o. packaged à 50 g, best before date by 16th February 2018, produced in China were taken at Globus ČR, k.s. Company F. W. TANDOORI, spol. s r.o. was the distributor and company Kreyenhop & Kluge GmbH & Co. KG, Food & Non-Food Import, Industriestrasse 40-42, 28876 Oyten, Germany was the supplier of the food concerned.

Laboratory analysis proved presence of sulphites amounting to 80 mg/kg. The level of sulphites remained in the sample even after thermal treatment indicated on the labelling (19 mg/kg). With regard to this fact, CAFIA ordered the seller to immediately withdraw the lot from the retail network.

So-called sulphite treatment is one the methods how to extend durability of foodstuffs. However, sulphites are allergenic substances and producer is thus obliged to indicate information on their presence in the foodstuff on the labelling, as laid down by requirements of relevant legislation.

Further investigation revealed that 2,400 packages of the foodstuff were placed on the market. CAFIA recommends all consumers suffering from sulphite intolerance that they do not eat the lot of the foodstuff in question. Unintentional consumption may cause serious health complications.

CAFIA will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a sanction with the inspected person. CAFIA also entered relevant information into the European Rapid Alert System RASFF.

 

Article by: Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva – CAFIA Spokesperson, phone.: +420 542 426 633