According to the Scottish food agency’s annual report, a challenging economic climate has led to tough decisions about work priorities.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) mentioned the knock-on effects of leaving the European Union and a prioritization exercise following a reduced budget. The agency also flagged the “huge amount of already limited resources” that were “unnecessarily” pulled into planning around the Retained EU Law (REUL) (Reform and Revocation) Bill.

The prioritization work identified activities that will be continued and those that should be halted, paused, scaled back, or not started while ensuring the agency maintained its statutory obligations.

In the second

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The Irish agency responsible for seafood controls has revealed alleged illness from shellfish and detection of pathogens in products in its 2022 annual report.

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is tasked with ensuring seafood safety for consumers up to retail and verifying seafood trade.

2022 was described as a challenging year for Ireland’s seafood sector with continuing repercussions from Brexit, the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the impact of COVID-19 in export markets, and the energy and cost-of-living crises.

Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers (SFPOs) carried out 1,958 food safety official controls across 2,323 premises. This included inspections of approved

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The number of food recalls in Australia has gone up while several food safety projects and regulations are being worked on, according to FSANZ’s annual report.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) published 93 food recalls in 2022–23, up from 79 in 2021–22 and above the 10-year average of 79. The most significant portion was attributed to undeclared allergens and microbial issues. A total of 79 post-recall reports were received.

The agency coordinated national responses to food incidents related to thebaine toxicity linked to poppy seeds and toxic weed contamination in spinach.

In late 2022, almost 40 illnesses were reported

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The number of food incidents, recalls and cases of four pathogens went up over a 12-month period, according to the latest published data.

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) annual report and accounts covers performance and activities in 2021/22 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at a cost of £130.5 million ($160.2 million).

Susan Jebb, FSA chair, said: “While acknowledging the work that was ongoing through the year to manage the impact of COVID-19 and EU exit, it has been good to see a growing emphasis on recovery from the pandemic and adaptation to the expanded role for the FSA post EU exit. 

“Despite signs

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The number of food incidents rose this past year but recalls and sampling declined, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) annual report.

During 2021, 154 warnings about food being recalled or withdrawn from the market were issued, a slight decrease from 2020. FSAI also dealt with more incidents than the year before. The number of complaints from consumers about food or food premises, labelling, and allergens was higher than in 2020. Challenges included the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and limited resources.

Warnings included 119 food alerts and 35 allergen warnings. The principal reasons were due to the presence

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The Belgian food safety authority has had to step in less this summer at youth camps following outbreaks of food poisoning.

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) intervened twice in youth camps following incidents related to food poisoning in 2020, which is four times less than the three previous years.

The agency reported this was likely because of increased attention to hygiene during the coronavirus pandemic as well as support and training on good hygienic practices.

Bacillus cereus and norovirus
The first incident involved 12 ill people and Bacillus cereus was found in leftover food.
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antibioticresistance_406x250The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s annual report summarizing sales and distribution data for antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals is out.

The report shows that sales and distribution of all antimicrobials increased 1 percent from 2014 through 2015, tying for the lowest annual increase since 2009. The percentage of those antimicrobials that are considered medically important in human medicine increased by 2 percent from 2014 through 2015.

Antimicrobials include antibiotics and other drugs. Use of antibiotics in food-producing animals is of interest to FDA and public health officials because of the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections in
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Four initiatives by the private sector to improve food safety are called out for recognition in the 5th Annual Reportable Food Registry Report, which has been submitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They include:

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