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Health & Consumer Voice - December - 2008 Edition

RASFF: weekly mailing launched

Since May 2003, DG Health and Consumers’ Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has been providing a weekly overview of notifications sent by food and feed authorities of all Member States of the EU plus the E.E.A. (European Economic Area) countries - Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

It is now also possible to receive an email informing you that the latest weekly overview of notifications is available. You can subscribe to this service via the DG Health and Consumers website.

The RASFF notifications contain information on specific findings on food or feed products that could potentially pose a risk to public or animal health. The notifications are classified in three categories:

  • Alerts relate to serious risks concerning a product which is currently on the market, and where immediate measures need to be taken to protect the health of consumers;
  • Information notifications do not require immediate action, either because the product has not yet reached, or is no longer on, the market; or because the risk is not considered to be serious;
  • Border rejections are a specific type of notification about consignments presented at the E.E.A. border but rejected because of a risk to human or animal health. These consignments have therefore never entered the EU market.

The weekly overview provides a valuable insight into the RASFF, with information provided on the country that reported the findings, the products involved and their origin, the potential hazards and analytical results, distribution status and initial measures taken by the reporting country.

For further information please view:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/rapidalert/index_en.htm