Fabian Demicoli

Keeping dangerous food off the shelves


An annual report on Europe's Rapid Alert System for
Food and Feed – (RASFF) revealed that in 2012 almost 50% of
notifications related to food and feed rejections at EU borders due to the risk
they posed to food safety. Launched more than 30 years ago, RASFF is an IT tool
that facilitates the cross-border flow of information between national food
safety authorities and plays a key role in ensuring a high level of food safety
for Europe's citizens.

Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer
Policy, said: "RASFF is now an indispensable tool to respond to, and mitigate,
food safety situations in the EU, since vital communication is swiftly
exchanged to protect European consumers. Whilst the horsemeat scandal that has
been making headline news does not fall within this reporting period, it is
important to highlight that thanks to the existence of RASFF, food safety
authorities throughout the EU were able to swiftly exchange information. As a
result, the products were traced and withdrawn from the market." To conclude:
"the Commission envisages to extend the scope of RASFF to the fight against
food fraud"

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