There are two kinds of RASFF notifications: market notifications and border rejections.
A member of the network sends a market notification when a risk is found in a food or feed product placed on
the market. A border rejection is sent when a product was refused entry into the Community.
There are two types of market notifications: alert and information notifications.
Together with the border rejections and the news notifications, that makes a total of four.
They are explained here below:
Alert notifications are
sent when a food or feed presenting
a serious health risk
is on the market and when
rapid action is required. The
RASFF member that identifies the problem
and takes the relevant actions (e.g. withdrawal
of the product) triggers the alert. The goal of
the notification is to give all RASFF members
the information to confirm whether the product
in question is on their market, so that they
can also take the necessary measures.
are used when a risk
has been identified
about food or feed
placed on the market, but the other members
do not have to take rapid action. This
is because the product has not reached
their market or is no longer present on
their market or because the nature of the
risk does not require rapid action.
food and feed consignments
that have been
tested and rejected at the
external borders of the EU
(and the European Economic Area – EEA) when
a health risk has been found. The notifications
are sent to all EEA border posts in order to reinforce
controls and to ensure that the rejected
product does not re-enter the EU through
another border post.
related to the safety of
food and feed products
which has not been
communicated as an
alert or an information
notification, but which is judged interesting
for the control authorities, is transmitted
to the members under the heading