2020 Annual Report - The EU Food Fraud Network and the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System
About the system
Primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the EU agri-food related legislation rests with the food (or feed) business operators. Detecting and fighting food fraud is the responsibility of the Member States, notably under the provisions of the Official Control Regulation. It provides a new comprehensive set of tools to tackle fraud, including provisions for cooperation in case of violations spanning across borders. It also gives the Commission a role in coordinating and enforcing the effective application of these measures at EU level.
Since the end of 2015, members of the EU Food Fraud Network exchange information within the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System (AAC). The AAC is an IT system developed and managed by the European Commission, which enables members of the network to exchange information on suspicious non-compliances and potential intentional violations of the EU agri-food chain legislation in a secure manner. In 2021, following the new rules for the functioning of the AAC system within the general information management system for official controls (IMSOC), detailed in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715, the AAC system was fully integrated into the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (iRASFF). iRASFF ensures the efficient way of sharing information and allows swift reaction when risks to public health and other non-compliances are detected in the food chain.
The IMSOC Regulation sets the obligation for Member States to report all agri-food fraud suspicions of cross-border nature through the AAC-FF system, within the scope of Regulation (EU) No 2017/625, including for example plant and animal health matters. In 2020 approximately one fifth of the notifications concerned live animals or products other than food or feed.
In five years, the number of requests for assistance and cooperation per year has more than doubled, going from 157 in 2016 to 349 in 2020. Nevertheless, it must be stressed that those notifications do not represent all the suspicious non-compliances and potential intentional violations of the EU agri-food chain legislation in Europe, nor are they all eventually confirmed as violations.
Number of request created in the AAC-FF system per year
The top 10 most notified categories in the system in 2020
Type of notified non-compliances in the system in 2020
For more information, please refer to the Annual report 2020.
Food Fraud Network Activity Annual Reports
- 2020 - Food Fraud Network
- 2019 - Food Fraud Network
- 2018 - Food Fraud Network
- 2017 - Food Fraud Network
- 2016 - Food Fraud Network
- 2015 - Food Fraud Network
- 2014 - Food Fraud Network