Press conference by Tonio Borg, member of the EC, on the 35th anniversary of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)
Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health, gave a press conference on the 35th anniversary of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).
Launched 35 years ago, RASFF as a network that facilitates the cross-border flow of information between its members and plays a key role in ensuring a high level of food safety for Europe's citizens has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The RASFF network allows for a swift exchange of information between Member States and the Commission when risks to public health are detected in the food and feed chain. All Members of the RASFF (EU-28, Commission, EFSA, ESA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) have a round-the-clock service to ensure that urgent notifications are sent, received and responded to collectively and efficiently. Thanks to RASFF, many food safety risks had been averted before they could have been harmful to European consumers.