European Product Recalls – RASFF Report 2019 Published

European Product Recalls – RASFF Report 2019 Published

The European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed has published its annual report for 2019. It includes data and information related to recall activity in the EU during 2019.

A summary of some of the key points and a short glossary is below:

  • 1175 alerts in 2019, more than any previous year (26 subsequently withdrawn)
  • 1480 border rejection notifications, second highest number in the past 7 years
  • In 2019, Germany issued the most notifications (534) followed by the UK (387), The Netherlands (378) and Italy (377)
  • Most common contaminants causing alerts were:
    • pathogenic micro-organisms (329)
    • allergens (192)
    • harmful ingredient or additive (152)
    • foreign bodies (98)
  • Salmonella was the most frequently reported pathogen, with the majority of these related to poultry meat
  • The food types with the most alerts were:
    • dietetic foods, food supplements, fortified foods (138)
    • meat and meat products, not poultry (114)
    • poultry and poultry meat products (102)
    • fruit and vegetables (95)
  • China was noted as the country of origin on the most notifications (379) followed by Turkey (337) and Poland (303)

Click here to read the full 2019 RASFF Report


The main types of RASFF Notification:

An ‘alert’ is sent when a food, feed or food contact material presenting a serious risk is on the market and when rapid action is or might be required by another RASFF member country. Alerts are notified by the member of the network who detects the problem and has initiated the relevant measures, such as withdrawal or recall. The notification aims at giving all the members of the network the necessary information to verify whether the concerned product is on their market, so that they can take appropriate action.

An ‘information notification’ concerns a food, feed or food contact material for which the risk identified does not require rapid action either because it is not considered serious or the product is not on the market at the time of notification.

A ‘border rejection notification’ concerns a consignment of food, feed or food contact material that was refused entry into the EU for reason of a risk to human health and also for reason of a serious risk to animal health or to the environment if it concerns feed.