The EU Food Fraud Network and the System for Administrative Assistance & Food Fraud has published its 2017 Annual Report. The Report shows how the Network interacts with the other alert system RASFF in the exchange of cases for the AAC-AA (administrative assistance and cooperation in the non-compliance cases not representating risks to public health). It also exchanges cases in the AAC-FF, which are non-compliance food fraud cases along the agri-food chain. The report gives information on the number of cases (for AAC-AA and AAC-FF) exchanged by country, and where mislabelling is the largest type of non-compliance for AAC-AA, and joint largest for AAC-FF with replacemt or adulteration of ingredients.
The total number cases exchanged for AAC-AA in 2017 was 597, which compares to 87 in 2016. This increase is largely due to the coordinated control programme for on-line products (reported on the website on 1 March). There were 178 cases exchanged on AAC-FF in 2017, compared to 156 in 2016 and 8 in 2015. The caveat on these AAC-FF numbers is that they represent cases reported on a voluntary basis and only for cross-border non-compliance, but it does not include cases carried out by MSs (Member States) at a national level. The report also discusses the 16 coordinated cases concerning fraudulent practices by the European Commission and the appropriate MS, where the Commission acts as an intelligence hub for MSs.
Read the 2017 annual report: 2017 EU Food Fraud Network