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Potential candidates for high risk products

17 March 2017

The Food Standards Agency has developed an early warning system based primarily on analysis of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) information issued by EU Member States for imports of food and feed not of animal origin.

The frequency of notifications for particular hazards and commodities from specific third countries allows them to see how they might influence the Commission’s consideration for changes to Annex I of Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 (as amended) and other sampling legislation.

The FSA has identified the following products that have been subject to several RASFFs between March 2016 and February 2017.  There is no indication from the Commission that it will consider these for increased EU controls under Regulation (EC) No 669/2009.


Early warning system for imported food and feed not of animal origin

Period covered: March 2016 to February 2017

      RASFFs issued during the last:  
Product Country of origin Hazard 1 year 6 months 1 month


S = serious risk

UD = undecided

Groundnuts, food and bird feed (groundnut kernels) Senegal  Aflatoxin B1   3 One RASFF in Sept 2016 from Belgium (food); one in Jan 2017 from UK (feed); one in Feb 2017 from UK (feed), all marked S 
 Pistachios  USA Ochratoxin A  4  3  2  One RASFF in Aug 2016; one in Jan 2017 and two in Feb 2017, all S, all from the Netherlands
 Tomatoes  Egypt Pesticide residues, chlorpyrifos: 0.20 +- 0.10 mg/kg - ppm (ESTI fro children = 116.3% of ARfD); 0.26 mg/kg - ppm; 0.61 mg/kg - ppm (exceeding ARfD)  3  New Signal: Three RASFFs in Feb 2017: two from Italy (1 S, 1 UD), and one from Greece (S)
Acacia pennata (climbing wattle legume)  Thailand  Salmonella  2  2  2 New Signal: Two RASFFs in Feb 2017 both from Finland, both S
Sesame seed  Sudan  Salmonella  2  2  1 New Signal: One RASFF in Jan 2017 (S) and one in Feb 2017 (S), all from Greece
 Yeast (feed)  Russia  Suspicion of adulteration (unlabelled urea/carbamide)  7  6  6 New Signal: One RASFF in Feb 2016 frm Poland (UD); six in Jan 2017 from Latvia

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