EU coordinated actions

EU coordinated actions

The Commission carries out a weekly screening of all notifications reported in the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation (AAC) system and in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) with a view to identifying potential intentional infringements to the EU agri-food chain legislation which may have remained undetected by Member States and potential infringements to the EU agri-food chain which might need an adequate coordination and follow up at European Union level.

These notifications are identified in iRASFF to the attention of Member States for further reaction or transferred directly to the EU Food Fraud Network for further treatment and action. Stakeholders are also informed when new or unexpected fraudulent schemes are detected.

The Commission services - at the request of one or more EU countries or on its own initiative – can coordinate activities at EU level. This happens when operators in several Member States are involved in a possible fraudulent scheme, when operators in third countries might be involved and when the suspicion presents either a health risk or a significant socio-economic risk. Decision criteria for such coordination at EU level take into account the seriousness of those risks, the reliability of the information available and its similarity to previous occurrences. When the suspicion is related to imported products, the Commission liaises with the concerned third countries and requests targeted information and investigations,

Thanks to the exchanges between the EU countries industry vigilance, consumer vigilance, and cooperation between the EU countries and non-EU countries and with the scientific support from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), very concrete results have been achieved in the fight against food fraud at EU level. Below you will find a few past cases regarding food fraud that had a successful outcome.


Operation OPSON VIII – targeted action on organic products - cooperation with Europol

EU coordinated case on illegal trade of European Eel


Commission's contribution to Europol/Interpol action against fraudulent fresh tuna


Fipronil in eggs

Adulteration of beeswax intended for honey production with stearin and paraffin


Substitution of hazelnuts for peanuts

Seafood from Vietnam treated with EU unauthorised drugs