Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Commission Daily News, 10 August 2017

EGGS - Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

The Commission continues to follow the latest developments on fipronil finding in eggs very closely. For this Commission public health and issues related to food safety are always considered a priority and are treated as such.

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is a tool designed to swiftly exchange information between national authorities on health risks related to food and feed. A member country of the network that identifies a health hazard informs the rest of the system's network on the product concerned and the measures taken to address the risk. Measures include: withholding, recalling, seizing or rejecting products. This rapid exchange of information allows all RASFF members to check in real time whether they are also affected and if urgent action is needed. The authorities of affected countries have the responsibility to take the necessary emergency measures, including giving direct information to the public, withdrawing products from the market, and making controls on the ground. Member States have the primary responsibility for conducting the investigations and taking the appropriate measures. The Commission has taken and continues to take all available measures to assist them in this task. A comprehensive overview of the RASFF is available in this memo, which will be available in all languages online.

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