There has been a decline in consumer handwashing from mid-2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on results from a Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey.

Between April 2020 and January 2022, the proportion who reported handwashing with soap and warm water “always” or “most of the time” declined from 79 percent

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The pressures on local authorities and food laboratories were among the issues discussed at the latest Food Standards Scotland (FSS) board meeting.

One plan to resolve the situation is for a nationally funded official laboratory service in Scotland. This could see the four existing public analyst labs remain within local

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The number of Campylobacter infections were not impacted by public health measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to French surveillance.

Data published by Santé publique France comes from the National Reference Center (CNR) for Campylobacter and Helicobacter as well as outbreak notifications.

A decrease in the number of
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The COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect reports of other diseases in 2021, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).

A summary of the epidemiological annual report for 2021 shows that foodborne diseases, such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, increased slightly compared with 2020 but the number of cases was
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