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About the RASFF Portal

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. These follow-up notifications do not appear in the RASFF portal database.

Important notice concerning re-use of RASFF notifications

  • Links to the RASFF Portal website may be created only under specific conditions.

Information on notifications fields in RASFF database

"Notification type"

The "notification type" field, appearing in the "notification detail" window, consists of three parts:

  • product type: "food", "feed" or "food contact material"
  • notification classification: "alert", "information", "border rejection"
  • notification basis, indicating what type of control, report or investigation lay at the basis of the notification:
    • border control – consignment released: notification initiated through a sample taken at a border post for analysis but the consignment was meanwhile released to the market;
    • official control on the market: official control on the EEA internal market;
    • company own-check: notification initiated through a company notifying the outcome of an own-check to the competent authority;
    • consumer complaint: notification initiated through a consumer lodging a complaint with the competent authority;
    • food poisoning: reports of a food poisoning leading to the notification of a risk in a food on the market that has caused the food poisoning.

"Action taken"

This field represents the action already taken or to be taken by the notifying country at the time of notification. If "no action taken" is given for an alert notification, this normally indicates that the product is not on the market of the notifying country (therefore: no action taken by the notifying country) but it may be on the market of other member countries.

"Distribution status"

This field indicates knowledge existing at the time of notification about the possible distribution of the product on the market. The concept "market" is to be interpreted in a geographical way: "the European Economic Area (EEA) market" i.e. this does not necessarily mean that the product is already on the shelves available to consumers, as often it is not.


The "origin" field gives the available information regarding the origin of the product(s) concerned, this does not suggest that the hazards found originated there.

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