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EU Publishes Annual Notification Report on Food and Food Contact Materials



On 1 July 2022, the European Commission published Report of the Alert and Cooperation Network

On July 1, 2022, the European Commission released the 2021 Report of the Alert and Cooperation Network.


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The EU Alert and Cooperation Network (ACN-Alert and Cooperation Network) is composed of the Rapid Alert Network for Food and Feed (RASFF), the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation Network (AAC–Administrative Assistance and Cooperation Network) and the Agri-Food Fraud Network (FFN–Agri- Food Fraud Network).

Since March 2021, the above three network organizations have been working together to facilitate smooth communication and cooperation between the competent authorities of EU member states. The European Commission is the administrator of the network system, providing technical support to the above three members.


Figure 1. Members of ACN (Alert and Cooperation Network)

◉  2021 Annual Report

In 2021, a total of 4,607 notifications were made in the EU RASFF system, including 4,102 food notifications, 236 feed product notifications and 269 food contact material notifications.


01 Member State Notifications

In 2021, the countries that initiated the most notifications among the member states were Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, which initiated 761, 524 and 446 notifications respectively. It was followed by Belgium (389), Italy (389) and Poland (335).


Number of notifications from countries of origin of EU products


02 Notifications from non-member states

Among non-member countries, Turkey was the most notified country with 613 notifications, mainly related to pesticide residues. Followed by India, a total of 383 notifications, of which 272 involved pesticide residues. Then came China, with 331 notifications, nearly half of which involved food contact materials.


Notification of Food Contact Materials

In 2021, the EU RASFF system made 269 notifications of food contact materials, more than double the 123 notifications in 2020 (138 on average during the period 2017-2020). Among them, 157 food contact material notifications were product notifications from China. The increase in notifications is mainly due to the EU's "Enforcement Action to Ban Food Contact Plastics Containing Bamboo Flour from Entering the EU Market" in May 2021.

Among the notified food contact material products, the unqualified items are mainly concentrated in the following two categories:

1. Unauthorized substances are used in plastic products

Of the 176 notifications related to the use of unauthorized substances in plastic products, 154 detected bamboo fiber, 22 detected bamboo fiber and corn, and 12 detected wheat components.

2. The migration of chemical substances exceeds the standard

Mainly involving primary aromatic amines (27 parts), melamine (13 parts), formaldehyde (10 parts), organic volatiles (9 parts), lead (5 parts), chromium (5 parts), cadmium (3 parts), cobalt ( 2 parts) and aluminum (2 parts). There are also 5 notifications that involve the total migration of products exceeding the standard.


It can be seen from the report that my country's export of food contact materials has become a "hardest-hit area" notified by the EU, which needs to be paid great attention to by relevant industries. It is worth noting that it is illegal to place plastic products containing unauthorized additives (such as bamboo, cornstarch, wheat straw) on the market, and the EU has completely banned products containing such additives from entering the market.

Jiayu Testing reminds relevant companies that before exporting products to the EU market, they must do a good job in compliance with the target market to ensure that the products meet relevant regulatory requirements.


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