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This project, funded by the Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission, consisted in the organisation of 1 regional training workshops on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and on TRACES. The EU RASFF allows the collection and spreading of any relevant information in relation with a serious risk derived from food or feed to any potentially concerned competent authority. The EU RASFF is operated as a network involving the European Commission, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), member states food safety agencies and food safety agencies from other associated European countries. The training workshops took place in Dakar (SENEGAL). The main objectives were: - Regarding RASFF, to train national food safety experts in order to expand their theoretical knowledge of RASFF, practically apply a similar approach at the level of ECOWAS and set the basis of a Rapid Alert System of limited scope in that region. - Regarding TRACES, to train national food safety and animal health experts on the use and implementation of TRACES for export certification and regional trade in order to develop similar approach in ECOWAS. The workshops, of four days of duration, were intended for government officials and staff of competent authorities of relevant third countries as well as representatives of industry sectors and stakeholders. TRACES is a distinct system aiming at improving the traceability of products of animal origin. In the framework of the present project, the opportunity was given to selected Third Countries to become member of the system and benefit from the advantageous features such as the on-line capacity to obtain import certificates, the automated translation of the certificates, and the follow-up of foodstuff lots (status and analytical results) at the entry point in the EU market.

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