Continuing with news on the food policy of the EU, last week the European Commission published a report about the efficiency of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (FAQ on RASFF). This EU's tool helps to avert or mitigate many food safety risks by quickly spreading any information about risks found in food or feed (e.g. discovered during the safety checks at EU borders), contributing to the increase in EU citizens' health.
"European consumers enjoy the highest food safety standards in the world. The EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed is a key tool as it allows risks to be identified and removed from the European market. RASFF reinforces the confidence of our consumers in our food and feed safety system. In 2011, we dealt with a number of important crises such as the effects of the Fukushima nuclear incident, the dioxin and the E. coli crisis. The EU managed to tackle them and the lessons we all learnt will no doubt guide us to do even better in the future." said John Dalli, Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy (Food: Latest Report shows EU Controls ensure our food is safe)