Since 2013, EU Member States together with non EU countries Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, exchange information and cooperate in matters where they are confronted with violations of the food chain legislation of cross-border nature. It helps the EU Member States and other European countries to work in accordance with the rules laid down in the Official Controls Regulation.
The so-called EU Food Fraud Network (FFN) facilitates assisting and coordinating communication between competent authorities and transmitting and receiving requests for assistance in these matters. The liaisons bodies are required to exchange information necessary to enable the verification of compliance with EU agri-food chain legislation with their counterparts and, in certain cases, with the Commission, where the results of official controls require action in more than one country.
With the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715 new rules for the functioning of the AAC system within the general information management system for official controls (IMSOC) are now in place. The AAC system will now be fully integrated into the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed by the end of 2020 and will also extends notifications to all areas of the Official Controls Regulation (e.g. animal health, plant health, animal welfare). This new system (iRasff) enables the efficient sharing of information and allows swift reaction when risks to public health and other non-compliances are detected in the food chain.
In 2019 there almost 300 requests for assistance through the network on possible cases of food fraud. This is almost double the amount as in 2016, the year the system was first fully operable.
In May 2020, the annual report from the Comm on food fraud was published, highlighting some cases and giving insight in figures and specifics.