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Chemistry and Food Safety in the EU

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

  • Salvatore Parisi
  • Caterina Barone
  • Ramesh Kumar Sharma

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the Chemistry of Foods book sub series (BRIEFSCHEFO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Salvatore Parisi, Caterina Barone, Ramesh Kumar Sharma
    Pages 1-17
  3. Salvatore Parisi, Caterina Barone, Ramesh Kumar Sharma
    Pages 19-46
  4. Salvatore Parisi, Caterina Barone, Ramesh Kumar Sharma
    Pages 47-62
  5. Salvatore Parisi, Caterina Barone, Ramesh Kumar Sharma
    Pages 63-72

About this book

Introduction

This Brief provides a general description of the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). It describes the RASFF approach on the legal level and with reference to notification procedures, including also new tools, which were launched in 2014: iRASFF and the RASFF Consumer Portal. In an introduction, the present status of the RASFF, which had originally been introduced in 1979, is briefly reviewed. It is described as the main basis of modern food policy in Europe, enabling member countries to take rapid corrective actions on the one hand, and to perform statistically reliable analyses of food-related hazards on the other hand.
One chapter contains a statistical evaluation of RASFF notifications in general, and specifically with regard to chemical contaminants, including also allergens. In another chapter, reasons for rejections of food and feed at the European borders are analyzed in selected case studies. The Brief provides an easy description for the chemical dangers and contaminants it is referring to, outlining the names, properties, uses and importance in the food and feed industry, toxicological effects, and contamination sources. The last chapter offers an outlook on the future of the RASFF and possible expectations.

Keywords

Allergens in Food Chemical Contaminants Chemical Dangers Food Imports EU Food Import Rejection Food Policy Notification Procedures Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Toxicological Effects Food Contaminants

Authors and affiliations

  • Salvatore Parisi
    • 1
  • Caterina Barone
    • 2
  • Ramesh Kumar Sharma
    • 3
  1. 1.Industrial ConsultantPalermo, SicilyItaly
  2. 2.(CO.I.F.) PalermoAssociazione “Componiamo il Futuro”PalermoItaly
  3. 3.Tilam Sangh RajasthanBikaner, RajasthanIndia

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