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Food and Feed Safety (31-10-2007)

EU training for China on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed

The European Commission is running a training workshop on the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) on 6-8 November in Beijing, China. The workshop is part of the Commission Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General's Better Training for Safer Food initiative.
Around 80 participants should attend the workshop, all of which are expected to come from China. They will be mainly government officials and staff of competent authorities as well as some industry representatives and other stakeholders.
The workshop aims to provide a general overview of the way in which the RASFF functions. This is with a view to exploring possibilities for the establishment of a similar system in other regions of the world.
An overview of the EU RASFF will be provided on the first day of the workshop. On the second day, participants will look at requirements for setting up national rapid alert systems. Case studies of the implementation of such systems in EU Member States will be presented. On the final day, representatives from relevant official bodies within China will present their own alert systems in order to explore ways of putting a common system into practice.
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