Scope of the RASFF
The purpose of the RASFF is to provide the control authorities with an effective tool for exchange of information on measures taken to ensure food safety.
When a RASFF member has any information about a serious health risk deriving from food or feed, it must immediately
notify the European Commission using RASFF. In particular, Member States have to notify the Commission if they take such measures
as withdrawing or recalling food or feed products from the market in order to protect consumers’ health and if rapid action is required.
They also have to notify if they agreed with the responsible operator that a food or feed should not be placed on the market if the measure
is taken on account of a serious risk. The same applies when the product in question is placed on the market under conditions. The Commission immediately
transmits the notification to all members of the network.
Member States also have to notify all rejections of food or feed at a border post of the European Union on account of a health risk.
The Commission needs to notify all border posts and the country of origin immediately of a border rejection.
In 2006, with the entry into force of the "Feed Hygiene" Regulation (EC) N° 183/2005, animal health and environmental risks were added to the scope in
relation to feed. This means that from then on also notifications about pet food were made, which was previously excluded from the scope.