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Issue 3/ 2015, article 3

Authors: Marcin Pigłowski

Title: THE CORRELATION ANALYSIS OF ALERT NOTIFICATIONS IN THE RASFF TO FOOD FROM THE NON-EEA COUNTRIES AND FROM THE EEA COUNTRIES

Keywords: EEA, RASFF, alert notifications, products categories, hazards categories, correlation analysis

Abstract:

 

Background: The RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) is used to quickly mutual information of member countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) on risks in food. A similar trend line course of alert notifications in the RASFF in time to food from the non-EEA countries and the EEA countries, as well as a very high value of the Pearson's r correlation coefficient (0.96) indicated an interdependence of alert notifications from these two groups of countries. Therefore, the goal of the article was to examine the strength of correlation within particular products categories and hazards categories.

Methods: Data for the study came from the RASFF database from the years 1979-2013 covering 8175 alert notifications, including the 2540 notifications to food from the non-EEA countries and 5635 notifications to food from the EEA countries. Within each products category and hazards category examined whether there was a correlation (i.e. the value of calculated statistics t exceeded the value of critical statistics t0.05;n-2), and then calculated the Pearson's r correlation coefficient.

Results: The value of Pearson's correlation coefficient indicated the occurrence of a very high correlation in the products category "Herbs and spices" (0.98), and the high correlation in the following categories: "Bivalve molluscs and products thereof" (0.70), "Dietetic foods, food supplements fortified foods" (0.86), "Fish and fish products" (0.79), "Food contact materials" (0.89), "Fruits and vegetables" (0.88) and "Meat and meat products (other than poultry)" (0.72). However, in the case of hazards categories the very high correlation occurred in the category of "Food additives and flavourings" (0.93) and "Radiation" (0.94) and the high correlation in the case of "Composition" (0.89), "Foreign bodies" (0.88), "Heavy metals" (0.80), "Mycotoxins" (0.81)  and "Pathogenic micro-organisms" (0.72).

Conclusions: The results showed the need to pay particular attention by the border control authorities to food which is imported: seafood, herbs and spices, and fruits and presented in this food: heavy metals, pathogenic micro-organisms and mycotoxins. It would also shorten the supply chain and / or limit the import of certain raw materials and products, directing the attention of consumers to food produced first of all in the EEA.

 

 

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DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.3
For citation:

MLA Pigłowski, Marcin. "The correlation analysis of alert notifications in the rasff to food from the non-eea countries and from the eea countries." Logforum 11.3 (2015): 3. DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.3
APA Marcin Pigłowski (2015). The correlation analysis of alert notifications in the rasff to food from the non-eea countries and from the eea countries. Logforum 11 (3), 3. DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.3
ISO 690 PIGłOWSKI, Marcin. The correlation analysis of alert notifications in the rasff to food from the non-eea countries and from the eea countries. Logforum, 2015, 11.3: 3. DOI: 10.17270/J.LOG.2015.3.3
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