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The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has been put in place by the European Commission to provide food and feed control authorities with an effective tool to exchange information about measures taken responding to serious risks detected in relation to food or feed.
This exchange of information helps EU countries to act more rapidly and in a coordinated manner in response to a health threat caused by food or feed.
Datasets can be downloaded from the RASFF portal in Excel and XML formats, and include information about - among others - the notification type, the action taken, the distribution status and the origin of the product.
RASFF notifications shown in the RASFF portal are so-called "original notifications", representing a new case reported on a health risk detected in one or more consignments of a food or feed. On these cases, control authorities transmit follow-up notifications on measures taken and outcome of investigations, which do not appear in the RASFF portal database. More in-depth analysis of RASFF performance is available in annual reports .