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Tuesday, 08 May 2012

RAPEX keeps dangerous food products away from EU shelves

According to a press release by the European Commission, dangerous products, whether produced in the EU or imported from third countries, are detected earlier and more promptly removed from the EU market thanks to the effectiveness of the EU's rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products ("RAPEX"). This process involves a chain of actions including upstream efforts to design out risks at source, better risk assessment and close co-operation between EU authorities to identify risks at the points of entry.
John Dalli, Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy has said accordingly: "The fact that fewer dangerous items enter the EU market is good news for consumers. But we must remain committed so that we can tackle the challenges of the global supply chain and address any new product safety issues as they emerge. That is why building the system of 'Seamless Surveillance' by strengthening co-operation here in the EU and enhancing co-operation with international partners remains a key priority".

Source: European Commission