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Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - Notifications

RASFF notifications

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.

Information notifications 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.

Border rejections concern 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.

Any information 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 ‘News’.