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54. RASFF – Summary 2016

Traditionally, the conclusion of our follow-up of the rapid alert notifications during the past year are presented at our first thematic training course. This year, we had a bit of a delay, but we hold true to this tradition. OVOCOM has posted a brief summary of this information on the RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) webpage.  


This analysis of the RASFF notifications is a very useful tool for implementing and the updating your danger analysis.


Synthesis of the 2016 RASFF notifications


This synthesis report contains an overview of our findings relating to data from the RASFF notifications, which, in some cases we have supplemented with specifications on one or other case.


Again, the year 2016 is characterized by a decrease in the number of feed notifications. Only 220 feed data were withheld in 2016. For reference, in 2015, a total of 229 feed data were withheld. In 2014, there were still 342 feed data!


It should also be noted that, for the 4th consecutive year, Belgium and Germany are the countries that have contributed the most to the RASFF database. Those two countries together were responsible for one third of the European notifications (Belgium : 33 data – Germany : 32 data).


This demonstrates again that the authorities and operators of those countries exercise a high level of control on feed (through official controls and through the self-checking results, communicated to the authorities).


Table of the 2016 RASFF notifications


The entire overview of all notifications, issued during the year 2016, by the European RASFF-system, is also fully available in the form of a table (Excel). This document contains more than 850 hazard/product combinations. These combinations are based on 220 Feed data, the rest of them relate to foodstuffs, potentially useful in feed (if the denominations are included in the European Catalogue, or on the website: www.feedmaterialsregister.eu).


The analysis of RASFF notifications relating to foodstufs, brings real added value in terms of feed :

  1. The number of data is multiplied by 4 in comparison to the exclusive analysis of the ‘feed’ RASFF notifications. Therefore, the hazard analysis is potentially more relevant as well as more complete.
  2. Risks inherent to certain products shall be (better) assessed, since certain products may be used for both food as well as feed purposes.
  3. Former foodstuffs and by-products originating from the food industry (such as bakery products, biscuits and chocolate etc.) may be processed into feed. This is an interesting valorization, as it limits the waste of resources. However, it is sometimes not easy to determine the hazards inherent to those products. This overview allows us to estimate the identified deviations with respect to the requirements in force for human consumption … and therefore, to better deduct any impact on a possible use in animal feed.


The methodology applied in 2016 in order to summarize this data, is specified in the annual synthesis.


Note: the documents on the RASFF webpage are only available for a company with a login and password (more information).

22 Aug 2017


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