The European Commission has published the report on the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) for 2012. The report reveals that almost half of the notifications received were related to food and feed rejections at EU borders.
A total of 8,797 RASFF notifications were received in 2012, down by 3.9% from the previous year. Some 3,516 of those were original notifications, while the remaining 5,281 were follow-ups. The 526 notifications reporting serious risks found in products on the market was also down, by 14%, from 2011.
The most serious event reported to the RASFF was methanol poisoning in the Czech Republic caused by consumption of “on tap” spirits. This adulteration incident resulted in 36 deaths.
More information about the European RASFF can be found here.