The European Commission published the 2013 annual report of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). The report shows heavy metal, including chromium, manganese, and nickel migration, to be the most important concern regarding food contact materials. Chromium and manganese notifications accounted for 43% of all food contact related notifications. Overall, the number of original notifications received by the European Commission in 2013 in comparison to 2012 decreased by around 400 to 3137. Of these 585 were alerts, which are issued when rapid action by member states other than the state submitting the alert may be required. As such, alerts increased by 11% in comparison to the previous year.
European Commission (July 2013). “Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed – 2013 annual report.” (pdf)