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RASFF – Synthesis 2015

Traditionally, the conclusion as regards the follow-up of the rapid alert notifications of the past year are presented at our first thematic training course.


Also 2016 has lived up to this tradition. OVOCOM has posted a brief summary of this information on the online thematic page RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed).


Synthesis of the 2015 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.


The year 2015 is characterized by a sharp decrease in the number of feed notifications. We are talking about a drop of about one third of all cases, only 229 Feed-data were retained in 2015, whereas in 2014 there were 342 ! It should also be noted that, for the 3th consecutive year, Belgium and Germany are the countries that have contributed the most to the RASFF database. In 2015, those two countries together were responsible for one third of the European notifications (Belgium : 41 data of which only 2 related to Belgian Feed – Germany : 35 date of which 8 related to German products).


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 2015 RASFF notifications

The entire overview of all notifications, issued during the year 2015, by the European RASFF-system, is also fully available in the form of a table. This document contains more than 1000 hazard/product combinations. These combinations are based on 229 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 5 in comparison to the exclusive analysis of the ‘feed’ RASFF notifications. Therefore, the hazard analysis is potentially more relevant as well as more complete. Risks, inherent to certain products, shall be (better) assessed, since certain products may be used for both food as well as feed purposes.
  2. 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 2015 in order to summarize this data,  is specified in the annual synthesis.


You will find all the necessary explanation as well as an overview on our webpage dedicated to this subject: http://www.ovocom.be/RASFF.


The document, downloadable on this page are only available for company with a login and password (more information).


If you do no yet have a password and login, kindly send an email to info@ovocom.be.

21 Mar 2016


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