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Food Safety - Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - (RASFF) - Introduction

Food Safety - Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - (RASFF) - Introduction
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Questions and Answers on the 2007 RASFF annual report Brussels, 23 July 2008 What are the main findings of the 2007 RASFF annual report? The total number of notifications transmitted has increased. The report highlights a number of issues, among others: Notifications on aflatoxins in pistachio nuts from Iran have decreased while the imports have remained at the same level, showing a decrease in non-compliant consignments.On the other hand, the notifications for consignments of nuts and dried fruits from Turkey containing too high levels of aflatoxins have increased.An increased number of notifications was received concerning dioxins in canned fish liver. Does the increase of notifications signify that our food is getting less safe? No, it doesn't. What is the RASFF? This quick exchange of information allows all Member States to verify immediately whether they are also affected by the problem. Why do we need the RASFF? The rapid alert system is a concrete and visible result of European integration. How does it work in practice?

EUROPE 16/07/09 Système d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux: 30 ans d’existence et plus e Bruxelles, le 16 juillet 2009 Système d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux: 30 ans d’existence et plus efficace que jamais Le système d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux (RASFF), qui constitue un outil important de l’Union européenne en matière de sécurité des aliments, fête ses trente ans cette année. Et d’après les chiffres, il est plus efficace que jamais. Publié aujourd’hui, le rapport annuel 2008 concernant ce système indique que le nombre de notifications d’alerte en 2008 a diminué de près de moitié par rapport à 2007. À l’occasion de la conférence internationale RASFF «Keeping An Eye on Your Food», qui s’est déroulée aujourd’hui, Androulla Vassiliou, la commissaire européenne à la santé, s’est exprimée en ces termes: «Le système d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux est un outil essentiel pour garantir la sécurité des aliments en Europe. Le RASFF en action

EUROPE 16/07/09 Questions and Answers on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Brussels, 16 July 2009 Questions and Answers on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) "Keeping An Eye on Your Food" Conference To celebrate RASFF's 30th birthday, the Commission organises in Brussels (16 -17 July) the high-level international conference "Keeping An Eye on Your Food", with the participation of representatives from more than 80 countries, Member States’ and third countries’ officials and representatives of consumer organisations and food and feed business operators’ associations. What is RASFF? The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is a quick and effective tool for the exchange of information between competent authorities when risks to human health are detected in the food and feed chain and measures -such as withholding, recalling, seizure or rejection of the products concerned- are taken. Who are the members of RASFF? Why do we need RASFF? How does it work in practice? It is of utmost importance that any problem is notified. Not necessarily.

EUFIC - 2008 - Le projet SAFE FOODS de l’Union européenne remet en question les méthodes actuelles d’analyse du risque alimentai Le modèle classique d’analyse du risque alimentaire, élaboré dans les années 1990, fragmente l’analyse du risque en trois étapes : évaluation des risques, gestion des risques et communication sur les risques. Mais certains scientifiques estiment que ce modèle (et les pratiques correspondantes) peut ne pas répondre aux questions que les consommateurs se posent sur les aspects les plus épineux de la sécurité alimentaire. Projet SAFE FOODS SAFE FOODS, un projet intégré financé par l’Union européenne (d’avril 2004 à juin 2008), a mis au point une méthode plus globale de promotion de la sécurité alimentaire, en répondant directement aux inquiétudes et préoccupations des consommateurs. SAFE FOODS a adopté une approche multidisciplinaire pour étudier comment les différents aspects du processus d’analyse des risques pouvaient potentiellement évoluer, de l’évaluation scientifique des risques à leur communication aux consommateurs. Apfelstrudel = tarte aux pommes ? Technologie de pointe Référence

EUROPE 25/10/11 Sécurité des aliments: un rapport montre l’importance croissante du système européen d’alerte rapide pour les de Commission européenne – Communiqué de presse Sécurité des aliments: un rapport montre l’importance croissante du système européen d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux Bruxelles, le 25 octobre 2011 – Le système établi par l’UE pour l’échange rapide d’informations sur les risques liés aux denrées alimentaires et aux aliments pour animaux, qui constitue un outil inestimable, particulièrement en temps de crise, a pris encore plus d’importance en 2010, selon le rapport annuel qui lui est consacré. Le rapport annuel 2010 sur le Système d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux (RASFF) indique en effet que 8582 notifications ont été effectuées l’année dernière dans ce cadre. Le commissaire à la santé et à la politique des consommateurs, M. Des importations plus sûres Quelques chiffres Contexte Pour de plus amples informations, voir:

EUROPE 25/10/11 Questions and Answers on the role and achievements of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed Brussels, 25 October 2011 Questions and Answers on the role and achievements of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed What is RASFF? Launched in 1979, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is primarily a tool for exchange of information between competent authorities on consignments of food and feed in cases where a risk to human health has been identified and measures have been taken, such as withholding, recalling, seizure or rejection of the products concerned. This quick exchange of information allows all Member States to verify immediately whether they are also affected by the problem. Whenever the product is already on the market and should not be consumed, the Member States' authorities are then in a position to take all urgent measures, including giving direct information to the public, if necessary. Why do we need RASFF? The rapid alert system is a concrete and visible result of European integration. How does it work in practice? Who are the members of the RASFF system?

EFSA 16/05/12 2011 Annual Report on crisis preparedness & response . Question nº:EFSA-Q-2011-00398Issued: 30 mai 2011 Abstract This report presents EFSA activities related to food and feed safety crisis preparedness and urgentr esponses. In 2011, one training exercise, in collaboration with the European Commission, Member States and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control was organised to raise awareness amongst EFSA response personnel of the principles of crisis response in the context of urgent risk assessment. In the same period, EFSA received one urgent request from the European Commission regarding an unusually large outbreak of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli serotype O104:H4 in France and Germany. Résumé The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has established procedures for responding to urgent requests for scientific advice, and carries out crisis preparedness training on a regular basis. A Task Force was set up by EFSA to provide immediate scientific assistance.

EFSA 31/05/12 Scientific Opinion on Risk Assessment Terminology . EFSA Journal 2012;10(5):2664 [43 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2664 Type: Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel On request from: EFSA Question number: EFSA-Q-2010-00705 Adopted: 18 April 2012 Published: 31 May 2012 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy The Scientific Committee of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reviewed the use of risk assessment terminology within its Scientific Panels. An external report, commissioned by EFSA, analysed 219 opinions published by the Scientific Committee and Panels to recommend possible ways of improving the expression and communication of risk and/or uncertainties in the selected opinions. The Scientific Committee concluded that risk assessment terminology is not fully harmonised within EFSA. © European Food Safety Authority, 2012 There are broadly two types of risk assessment carried out by the EFSA Scientific Panels where The Scientific Committee recommends that:

EUROPE 20/07/12 Les contrôles de l’Union européenne nous garantissent une alimentation sans danger Commission européenne Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 20 juillet 2012 Les contrôles de l’Union européenne nous garantissent une alimentation sans danger Un rapport de la Commission européenne publié aujourd’hui montre que le système européen d’alerte rapide pour les denrées alimentaires et les aliments pour animaux (RASFF) écarte ou atténue de nombreux risques en matière de sûreté alimentaire et que les contrôles effectués nous garantissent une alimentation sans danger. Le commissaire à la santé et à la politique des consommateurs, M. Résultats généraux En 2011, 9 157 notifications de contraventions à la législation alimentaire de l’Union ont été transmises au RASFF; parmi elles, 617 concernaient des risques graves. La plupart des notifications constituaient des suivis (5 345) plutôt que des cas nouveaux (3 812); voilà qui reflète l’efficacité accrue du système: le ciblage est optimisé, et le suivi, plus complet. Pour des importations plus sûres Atténuation des risques et gestion des crises

EUROPE 20/07/12 FAQ: Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - role and achievements European Commission Brussels, 20 July 2012 FAQ: Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - role and achievements What is RASFF? Launched in 1979, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is primarily a tool to exchange information between competent authorities on consignments of food and feed in cases where a risk to human health has been identified and measures have been taken. Why do we need RASFF? RASFF is a concrete and visible result of European integration. Consumers can also get access to an online database allowing them to see information relating to RASFF notifications at the latest 24 hours after their transmission into the RASFF network. How does RASFF work in practice? First the problem is notified by the member of the network who has information relating to the existence of a serious direct or indirect risk to human health deriving from food or feed. Member States use a common template to provide all relevant and useful information including: No.

DG SANCO 06/07/15 RASFF annual report 2014 published. 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 cross-border follow of information to swiftly react 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-28 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. Download the RASFF annual report 2015 Access the RASFF portal

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