UK five-year plan for safer food released

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a new strategy document for safeguarding and empowering the UK population in food-related purchases.

In it the enforcement body pledges itself to ‘using science, evidence and information, both to tackle the challenges of today, and to identify and contribute to addressing emerging risks for the future.’

The FSA Strategy 2015-20 will inform the agency’s work both at a supra-national (EU) level and in the UK. In the latter sphere, the FSA will look to bed in its new Food Crime Agency – created in the wake of the 2014 horse meat scandal – and establish online forums for the general public.

In a separate report describing its work in the past year, the FSA notes that microbial contamination was the reason it was most often notified. Its Annual Report of Incidents (2015) reveals such alerts accounted for 24% of a total of 1,645 food, feed and environmental contamination incidents. A third of these related to shellfish bed contamination.

In its new five-year plan, reducing the threat from campylobacter and listeria are listed among the FSA’s top priorities. Under this businesses will be obliged to ensure that no more than 10% of poultry birds entering the food chain have campylobacter levels of above 1,000 colony-forming units per gramme (CFU/g).

 

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