Dangerous food from the Western and Eastern European Union countries in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed

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Key words: 

food safety, RASFF, alert notifications, correlation analysis.

Summary

The purpose of the article was to examine whether there was a relationship in time (and within products categories and hazards categories) between the number of alert notifications in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) to food from the non-EU and EU countries and also the Western and Eastern EU countries. An additional purpose was to examine what was the correlation between the official controls on the market and alert notifications in RASFF in EU countries and the Western and Eastern EU countries. The general study covered the period 1979-2014. It was found out that the correlation between alert notifications to food from the non-EU and the EU, the Western EU and Eastern EU countries (and between the Western and the Eastern EU countries) in time and within products categories and hazards categories was at least moderate. However, on the basis of the detailed study (period 2003/2004-2014) concerning the correlation between official controls on the market and alert notifications, may stated, that in the EU, authorities and consumers should pay particular attention to products categories and hazards categories, where the relationship was high, both in the Western and Eastern EU countries. These were the following products categories: fish and fish products, food contact materials, herbs and spices, natural mineral water and poultry meat and poultry meat product, and hazards categories: allergens, heavy metals, migration and pathogenic micro-organisms.
 
 dr inż. Marcin PIGŁOWSKI

Gdynia Maritime University Faculty of Business Administration and Commodity Sciences

Department of Commodity and Quality Science ul. Morska 81-87, 81-225 Gdynia,

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