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Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) annual report 2003

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Microsoft Word - annual report for the year 2003 - final - corr2.doc EUROPEAN COMMISSION HEALTH & CONSUMER PROTECTION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL Directorate D - Food Safety: production and distribution chain D3 - Chemical and physical risks; surveillance final version 16-02-2004 RAPID ALERT SYSTEM FOR FOOD AND FEED (RASFF) ANNUAL REPORT ON THE FUNCTIONING OF THE RASFF 2003 Page 2 of 32 THE RAPID ALERT SYSTEM FOR FOOD AND FEED (RASFF) The RASFF was established to provide the control authorities with an effective tool for exchange of information on measures taken to ensure food safety. The legal basis of the RASFF is Regulation (EC) N° 178/2002. Article 50 of this Regulation establishes the rapid alert system for food and feed as a network involving the Member States (EU + EFTA/EEA), the Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Whenever a member of the network has any information relating to the existence of a serious direct or indirect risk to human health, this information is immediately notified to the Commission under the RASFF. The Commission immediately transmits this information to the members of the network. Article 50.3 of the Regulation gives further details on when a RASFF notification is required. Without prejudice to other Community legislation, the Member States shall immediately notify the Commission under the rapid alert system of: (a) any measure they adopt which is aimed at restricting the placing on the market or forcing the withdrawal from the market or the recall of food or feed in order to protect human health and requiring rapid action; (b) any recommendation or agreement with professional operators which is aimed, on a voluntary or obligatory basis, at preventing, limiting or imposing specific conditions on the placing on the market or the eventual use of food or feed on account of a serious risk to human health requiring rapid action; (c) any rejection, related to

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