COVID-19 has highlighted the fragility of the global economic system . In just a few months, the consequences of the pandemic have left their mark on the affected countries at all levels and without exception . This article analyses the profile of food safety notifications reported by European countries in the first five months of 2020 . The aim was to detect possible changes in food safety regulations imposed by control authorities that could aggravate the economic impacts of the pandemic . While COVID-19 does not appear to be a foodborne disease, some outbreaks have been linked to imported food, which might have affected the food control behaviour of importing countries . In this study, contingency tables and clustering were used to assess differences between years and notification characteristics and to detect homogeneous groups to help identify how the reported notifications might have changed . In the period considered in this study, the volume of notifications on most imported foodstuffs decreased considerably . This decrease was a direct consequence of the fall in international trade, which might have increased countries' reliance on domestic sources . The COVID-19 crisis has not caused a substantial change in the profile of European countries ’ in terms of the characteristics of reported notifications (product category and risk decision). However, the worst affected countries have replaced border rejections with alerts, which may indicate greater reliance on intra-EU markets.