On August 26, 2016 the European Commission (EC) published the 2015 annual report of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). In total, 152 notifications for food contact materials (FCMs) were made, 24 of which were alerts and 83 were border rejections. Migration of chromium was the most notified issued regarding FCMs. Other frequently notified issues include migration of formaldehyde and primary aromatic amines. The number of FCM alerts increased only slightly from 23 in 2013 and 2014 to 24 in 2015, whereas the number of border rejections decreased from 152 in 2013 to 104 in 2014 and 83 in 2015.

The RASFF is a EU-tool for cross-border exchange of information regarding health risks detected in the food chain that may require swift action.

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EC (2016). “The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed – 2015 annual report.(pdf)