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The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - Annual Report 2006

07/13/2007
 

The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General of the European Commission manages the Rapid Alert System for food and Feed (RASFF). This report describes the activity of the RASFF in 2006.
 
Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for any use that might be made of the following informatio
 
The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General of the European Commission manages the Rapid Alert System for food and Feed (RASFF). This report describes the activity of the RASFF in 2006.
 
Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for any use that might be made of the following information.
 
Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General

Table of Contents

FOREWORD - 5

  • acronymes used in this report  - 7

1. The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - 9

  • The legal basis - 10
  • The members - 10
  • The system - 14
  • The report - 15

2. RASFF notifications in 2006 - 17

  • analysis of trends in hazards notified through the RasFF in 2006 - 19
  • a selection of topics recurring in the RasFF in 2006 -  22
  • Mycotoxins - 22
  • aflatoxins - 22
  • Other mycotoxins - 24
  • new EU-measures as regards mycotoxins in 2006 - 24
  • Dioxins - 26
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PaH) in fishery products - 28
  • Mercury in fishery products - 28
  • Residues of veterinary medicinal products and feed additives - 29
  • Illegal use of dyes in spices - 31
  • Food additives - 33
  • Food contact materials - 34
  • Food supplements - 36
  • Genetically modified rice - 37
  • Feed - 37
  • new community legislation affecting the RasFF- 40
  • new food hygiene rules - 40
  • new feed hygiene rules - 42
  • new EU food safety criteria in force for certain pathogenic micro-organisms in food - 42
  • Information provided to third countries - 44

3. RASFF preparing for the future  - 47

  • Implementing measures for the RasFF- 48
  • Role of the European commission - 49
  • Information system for the RasFF - 50
  • RasFF in the world - 50
  • Worldwide RasFF - 50
  • RasFF and InFOsan -  51

4. Detailed statistical breakdown  - 53

  • Evolution of the number of notifications since 2000 - 54
  • Rejected notifications in 2006 - 54
  • 2006 - alert notifications by product origin - 55
  • 2006 - Information notifications by product origin - 55
  • 2006 - alert notifications by product category - 56
  • 2006 - Information notifications by product category - 56
  • 2006 - alert notifications by identified risk - 57
  • 2006 - Information notifications by identified risk - 57
  • breakdown of 2006 notifications by hazard and product category - 58
  • (potentially) pathogenic micro-organisms - 59
  • Heavy metals - 61
  • Residues of veterinary medicinal products - 61
  • notifications by product category - 62
  • notifications by hazard category - 63
  • notifications by notifying country -  63
  • notifications by country of origin of the product - 64
  • notifications by notifying country and hazard category - 65
  • notifications by origin of the product, classified by world region - 66
  • notifications by world regions 1997 - 2006 - 66
  • Overview of total exchanges in 2006 - 67
  • The commission’s RasFF Team members - 69

Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General

 

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