Cecilia Pop

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STUDY ON FOOD SAFETY THROUGH RASFF NOTIFICATIONS IN CASE OF CONTAMINATION WITH MYCOTOXINS

Cecilia Pop, Gabriela Frunză, D.S. ştef, Alexandra-Paula Mărculeţ

Abstract
    The study is an analysis of the incidence of biological hazards identified in food and feed based on information from the annual reports of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) for the period 2007-2014. In terms of methodology it was resorted to the analysis of data from the notifications sent by the countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) regarding mycotoxin contamination (Aflatoxins, Deoxynivalenol, Fumonsine, Ochratoxin A, Patulin, Zearalenone) using classical statistical methods. The results show a significant incidence of cases of contamination with mycotoxins (between which predominates aflatoxins) but also its reduction trend (about 50% in the period under study); this evolution can be considered to reflect the usefulness and efficiency functioning RASFF.

Key words: mycotoxins, aflatoxin notifications, food, feed