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34. RASFF - Summary 2017

Traditionally, the conclusion of our follow-up of the rapid alert notifications during the past year are presented at our first masterclass. This year, we had a bit of a delay, but we hold true to this tradition. OVOCOM has posted a brief summary of this training course 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 2017 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 2017 is characterized by an increase in the number of feed notifications. Only 257 feed data were withheld in 2017. For reference, in 2016 and 2015, a total of 229 and 220 feed data were withheld.


It should also be noted that, for the 5th consecutive year, Belgium and Germany are the countries that have contributed the most to the RASFF database. Those two countries together were responsible for more than 30% of the European notifications (Belgium : 39 data – Germany : 40 data).


This demonstrates 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 2017 RASFF notifications

The entire overview of all notifications, issued during the year 2017, by the European RASFF-system, is also fully available in the form of a table (Excel). This document contains more than 1200 hazard/product combinations. These combinations are based on 257 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 foodstuffs, brings real added value in terms of feed :

  1. The number of data is multiplied by 4,7 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 2017 in order to summarize this data, is specified in the annual synthesis (PDF document).


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


20 Jul 2018


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