Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2019

Commission News Item, 12 April 2019

FRAUD - Food fraud: publication of DG SANTE’s annual report

The EU Food Fraud Network and the System for Administrative Assistance - Food Fraud: Annual Report 2018

A copy of the report is available on this site (click on image)

The 2018 report on the activities of the EU Food Fraud Network has been published today. It presents the voluntary exchanges related to food fraud suspicions within the EU AAC System.

In 2018, a total of 234 requests for cooperation were launched in the AAC-FF by the Member States and Norway, 58 of which originating in Germany. Though the list of requests exchanged in the system does not represent the entirety of food fraud incidents occurring in the EU, its number has increased significantly in 2018 (compared to 167 cases in 2016). The category “fish and fish products” had the largest number of requests (45), followed by “meat and meat products” and “fats and oils”.

Launched in 2013, the EU Food Fraud Network now allows the Member States to work in matters where the national authorities are confronted with possible intentional violations of the EU agri-food chain legislation with a cross-border impact. The EU Food Fraud Network links the liaison bodies designated by each Member State in accordance with the rules laid down in the Official Controls Regulation. The participants work on a voluntary basis (differently from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, RASFF) and only for cross-border non-compliances. The responsibility for the follow-up actions in the AAC-FF lies with the Member States.

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