The RASFF Annual Report 2016 for food and feed products has just been published.

In 2016, 2993 notifications were transmitted through the RASFF portal, 28% (n = 847) of which were alert notifications, 13% (n = 378) of information for monitoring, 20% (n = 598) of notifications for information and 39% (n = 1170) of notifications of rejection at borders.
Compared to 2015, the number of alert notifications involving a serious health risk increased by 9%.

Salmonella: Salmonella is the most frequently reported pathogen. The product most concerned is meat, but notifications have also been made for egg products containing in particular Salmonella Enteritidis.

Listeria monocytogenes: Notifications for listeria monocytogenes mainly concern fish, and mostly smoked salmon. There are also reports on raw milk cheeses.

Escherichia coli: The notifications issued for Escherichia coli are linked to the food safety criterion for living bivalve molluscs of 230 MPN/100g laid down in EU Regulation 2073/2005 and its amendments.

Norovirus: 14 notifications concerning noroviruses, including 11 in live oysters from France.

Campylobacter: was notified 9 times, mainly in fresh chicken and once in a rocket salad from Italy.

Allergens: 107 notifications were received. Milk, soy, nuts and gluten are the most frequently reported allergens. Cereals and bakery products are most often notified.

Heavy metals: 88 reports were submitted, mostly for the detection of mercury in fish. In addition to mercury, lead and cadmium are also harmful heavy metals, with maximum limits set in EU legislation.

Mycotoxins: Aflatoxins were mainly reported in nuts. Typically, these are nut products imported from outside the EU and then processed in the EU. Ochratoxin A has been reported mainly in dried fruits such as raisins, dried figs and cereal products. Concerning the notifications for fumonisins, out of six notifications, five concerned maize products.

Pesticide residues: 222 notifications were issued, the majority on fruit and vegetables. All notifications in the category’ cocoa and cocoa preparations, coffee and tea’ concern tea, mainly from China and India. 143 of the 222 notifications are discharges at borders. These products have therefore never entered the EU.

Please find attached the link to the full report: RASFF Annual Report 2016

Be aware that your Phytocontrol laboratory is able to carry out several of these analyses under COFRAC accreditation, they can be consulted via our technical appendix COFRAC N°1-1904 available in your customer area or on the COFRAC website.