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Summary RASFF-review 2015 nr. 3


The 2015 summary of all notifications included in the European RASFF systems for Food and Feed (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed), relating to the feed sector, has been updated on the 31st of July 2015.

 

Reminder! The 2015 summary is based on the same pattern as the 2014 summary, the only difference being that notifications related to products intended for human consumption, but which could also be interesting for companies belonging to the feed sector, have been included.

 

The objective is to be non-exhaustive. The decision to include one or other notification is related to the assessment of the hazard and of the product. It is for this reason that microbiological hazards in food products based on meat or fish, have not been registered.

 

From the title of the various columns, you are able to select and sort any information you might find interesting (for example, notifications considered « Alerts », notifications relating to a group of products and notifications relating to a same code of feed materials, etc.) The column « Remarks » has been used to supplement information already included in the RASFF notifications.

 

Here below you will find some of our observations which we believe is  worth mentioning. Obviously, this choice, like any other choice, remains subjective. Other/additional interpretations are indeed possible through use of the Excel worksheet.

 

  • We have selected 283 potentially interesting cases (from all sectors combined) for the period May-July 2015 (3 months).
  • During that period, only 49 RASFF notifications with in total 58 hazards relating to « feed » have been posted on the European portal.
  • Five data entries on industrial contaminants were communicated. 4 of them relating to ‘dioxin’ contaminations (fish meal, fatty acids, premixtures (plant extract) and dried apple pulp). As regards fatty acids, the latter has undergone a physical detoxification process (activated carbon and/or fuller’s earth) in order to eliminate dioxins. That treatment was performed in a company located in the European Union, the efficiency of the process was verified by analyzing the detoxified product. Also note, the case of Dried French pulp contaminated by diesel. Following a transit through the United States and before returning to Europe where Britain noticed the presence of hydrocarbons !

 

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20 Aug 2015
 

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