Rasff

Recent food crises have shown that procedures relating to food safety need improvement. Thus, the scope of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has been broadened to cover animal feed, to identify emergency measures and to manage crises. The rapid alert system now covers all foodstuffs and animal feeds. The network involves the Member States, with the Commission in a management capacity, and EFSA as a member of the network. Member States notify the Commission of problems and the Commission uses RASFF to transmit the information throughout the network. Member States notify the Commission of:

• Measures that restrict the sale of food or feed.

• Measures that force the withdrawal or recall of food or feed.

• Measures involving professional operators that prevent or control the use of food or feed.

• Rejection of a batch or consignment of food or feed by a competent authority at a border post of the European Union.

Standing Committee

Regulation (EC) 178/2002 establishes a Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, i.e., the "Committee". The Committee is composed of representatives of the Member States and is chaired by a representative of the Commission. The Committee's mandate covers the entire food supply chain, ranging from animal health issues on the farm to products that arrive on the consumer's table. It can target risks to health wherever they arise in the food production system. The Committee is organized into the following sections:

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