Overview of 2011 European Data Collection of Chemical Occurrence in Food and Feed
In the framework of Articles 23 and 33 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has received from the European Commission a mandate to collect on a continuous basis all available data on the occurrence of different chemical contaminants in food and feed. On this basis, a call for continuous collection of occurrence data on chemical contaminants was issued in 2010, including a backlog of data not yet included in the EFSA database. In order to enhance the comparability of data from Member State data providers and to facilitate data analysis, EFSA has started a process to harmonise the information provided by Member State organisations and other data providers when submitting data on the occurrence of chemical and biological hazards, and also when collecting data on food consumption. The present report provides an overview of data collection and management performed in 2011 within the framework of the continuous data collection mandate for chemical contaminants and describes the principle elements of the harmonised data collection protocol.