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RASFF - food and feed safety alerts

About RASFF

The EU has one of the highest food safety standards in the world – largely thanks to the solid set of EU legislation in place, which ensures that food is safe for consumers. A key tool to ensure the flow of information to enabling swift reaction when risks to public health are detected in the food chain is RASFF – the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed.

Created in 1979, RASFF enables information to be shared efficiently between its members (EU Member State national food safety authorities, Commission, EFSA, ESA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) and provides a round-the-clock service to ensure that urgent notifications are sent, received and responded to collectively and efficiently. Thanks to RASFF, many food safety risks had been averted before they could have been harmful to European consumers.

Vital information exchanged through RASFF can lead to products being recalled from the market. A robust system, which has matured over the years, RASFF continues to show its value to ensure food safety in the EU and beyond.

New publication: the 2020 RASFF annual report

The 2020 RASFF annual reports provides a profound insight into the activity of the RASFF in 2020. The data on the notifications by the EU countries are analysed and presented by country, type of food and type of hazard.

RASFF portal

The RASFF portal features an interactive searchable online database. It gives public access to summary information about the most recently transmitted RASFF notifications as well as the ability to search for information on any notification issued in the past. Access the RASFF portal

RASFF consumers' portal

The RASFF consumers' portal has been available for consumers to use since June 2014. The portal provides the latest information on food recalls and public health warnings in all EU countries. Access the RASFF Consumers' Portal

The European Commission created the RASFF database to keep its information as transparent as possible to the consumers, business operators and authorities around the world. In doing so, however, it needs to strike a balance between openness and protection of information that could lead to disproportionate economic damage.

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Further information

Country fact sheets

The country fact sheets available for RASFF member countries give a picture of their activity in the RASFF.

Ethylene oxide incident / food additive

In 2021 food and feed crisis coordinators meetings took place regarding the presence of ethylene oxide above the limit of quantification in locust bean gum (food additive E410).

Ethylene oxide incident / sesame seeds

In 2020, a food and feed crisis coordinators meeting took place regarding the detection of ethylene oxide residues in sesame seeds from India.

Implementing regulation and guidance

Commission Regulation (EU) No. 16/2011 lays down the implementing measures for the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed. It stipulates the duties of the RASFF network members and defines the different types of notifications.

Members of RASFF network

Contact points in the Commission, EFSA, EFTA surveillance authority and at national level in member countries.

RASFF consumers' portal

The RASFF consumers' portal is a consumer-friendly internet tool providing latest information on food recall notices.

RASFF portal

Notifications shown in the RASFF portal are so-called "original notifications". Find out what they mean.

Reports and publications

A gallery of our publications.