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

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is a system which has been in place since 1979.

The legal basis of the RASFF is Regulation N° EC/178/2002pdf es da de el fr it nl pt fi sv laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (O.J. N° L 31 of 1 February 2002). In Articles 50, 51 and 52 scope and procedures of the RASFF are defined.

The purpose of the RASFF is to provide the control authorities with an effective tool for exchange of information on measures taken to ensure food safety.

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Weekly Overviews

The Commission publishes a weekly overview of alert and information notifications.

As it is necessary to strike a balance between openness and the protection of commercial information the trade names and the identity of individual companies are not published. This is not detrimental to consumer protection as a RASFF notification implies that measures have been or are in the process of being taken.

The public must be aware that the Commission is not in a position to release more information other than that published here. However, in exceptional circumstances where the protection of human health requires greater transparency, the Commission takes the appropriate action through its usual communication channels.

Disclaimer: The Commission cannot and does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information in these weekly overviews. The information is published as it has been received from the official contact points in the Member States/EEA-EFTA countries. In the event that further information received from a contact point regarding an already published notification leads to modification or withdrawal of the information, the Commission shall respectively include a corrigendum or a notice of withdrawal in the next weekly overview to be published.

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