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Launch of IT tool to combat food fraud


The European Commission has launched on 18th November 2015 a dedicated IT tool, known as the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation (AAC) system to support and facilitate the communication among national authorities working to combat cross-border violations on the European territory.

The Czech Republic has already been participating in the system, and the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority became the National Contact Point for the new AACS. CAFIA, which co-operates with other supervisory bodies, has a long-term experience in the fight against food fraud.

The reason why the Commission developed the IT tool AACS was the horsemeat scandal in 2013 which showed that the effective communication failed. The new AACS ensures that the communication system will work more effectively in order to respond more swiftly to information requests among single supervisory bodies and to ensure higher level of prevention and protection of consumers.

The new AACS focused on food adulteration will run in parallel with the international Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), within which information on unsafe foodstuffs is exchanged. CAFIA has been the National Contact Point for the RASFF since 2004.


Article by: Radoslav Pospíchal, deputising for the CAFIA Spokesperson, phone:+420 542 426 613