The European Commission has condemned the state of checks on goods coming into the EU via Northern Ireland.

The EU Commission looked at the official controls on animals and goods entering Northern Ireland and verified compliance of border control posts (BCPs) in the country with European Union requirements. The Northern
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The Belgian food agency’s consumer contact point received almost 4,000 complaints in 2021.

The 3,929 complaint count is up slightly from 3,605 in 2020, but this reflects the re-opening of caterers, restaurants and takeaways after COVID-19 restrictions, according to officials.

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain’s 
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A trio of issues that featured in the news agenda of 2020 carried into 2021 and none of them are out of sight yet. Coronavirus, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, and ethylene oxide contamination are sure to demand coverage as we head into 2022.

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There was a decline in reports of four foodborne pathogens and the number of incidents and recalls in the past year, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) annual report.

It covers activities in 2020-2021 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK leaving
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The coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and resource issues severely challenged the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in 2020, according to the agency’s annual report.

Food inspections, sampling and enforcement orders all declined but food and allergen alerts rose compared to 2019.

Inspectors served businesses with 31 closure orders, two improvement
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The COVID-19 pandemic and EU exit put “pressure” on the United Kingdom’s main lab for food microbiology, according to an annual report.

The UK’s national reference laboratory (NRL) for food microbiology is Public Health England.

Despite the pressure leaving the European Union and the coronavirus pandemic had on the service,
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Public analyst laboratories are facing a number of challenges but there are also opportunities, according to the president of the Association of Public Analysts (APA) in the United Kingdom.

APA members are appointed public analysts who specialize in analysis to support enforcement by trading standards, environmental health in local authorities
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