The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

Alert number: 0700/11

Product:  Ears of wheat "Triticum - black wisp- natural"

Name: 

Batch number / Barcode:  604073000400

Type of alert: Serious

Category: Decorative articles

Brand: Unknown

Type / number of model: 

Risk type: Health risk / other
The product poses a health risk because it contains Pyemotes sp., a mite which is capable of biting humans and causing those handling infested material to develop serious pruritic dermatitis, characterised by vesicles which cause secondary infections when they burst. In rare cases those affected may suffer headaches, vomiting, diarrhoea and anorexia in addition to dermatitis.


15 cases reported.

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authorities.

Description:  Ears of wheat sold to florists in bunches, used in floral arrangements and for ceremonial events.

Country of origin: Italy

Alert submitted by: Italy