RASFF - Rapid Alert System for Food Products

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) allows national food and feed control authorities in the EEA to share information about measures taken in response to serious risks detected in relation to food or feed. This exchange of information helps Member States to act more rapidly and in a co-ordinated manner in response to health threats caused by food or feed.

All members of the RASFF (the EU Member States, the Commission, the European Food Safety Authority, the Authority, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) have an around-the-clock service in order to ensure that urgent notifications are sent, received and responded to in the shortest time possible. Thanks to RASFF, many food safety risks have been averted before any harm to consumers was caused.

The functioning principle of the RASFF is simple: if a member of the network has any information relating to the existence of a direct or indirect risk to human health deriving from food or feed, that information must be immediately notified to the Commission and, where the EFTA States are involved, to the Authority. The Commission disseminates this information immediately to all members of the network.

Relevant links

RASFF database

Other EEA Institutions

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