Scotland is planning a new food sampling strategy to tackle challenges associated with the current approach to testing.

The proposed model has four strands of surveillance managed and funded by Food Standards Scotland (FSS), and is separate from the verification sampling by local authorities as part of their routine inspections.
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There are various approaches to food sampling in four nations, including the United States, as shown in a report published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Campden BRI reviewed food control systems in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

The study looked at how authorities perform sampling and
Continue Reading Report finds food testing policies different between countries

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
Continue Reading Irish food agency details serious challenges in 2020

Iceland’s system on residues and contaminants is good but the time between sampling and test results could be improved, according to an audit by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) evaluated Iceland’s official controls on residues of veterinary medicinal products, pesticides and contaminants in live
Continue Reading Auditors say Iceland’s animal controls are OK but should be quicker

Will it soon be safer to purchase romaine lettuce in Canada than the United States, even if it’s all grown in Californa’s Salinas Valley?

Before anyone could ask that question, the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) launched a new consumer website claiming to be “the ultimate resource
Continue Reading Does sampling, testing make romaine purchased in Canada safer than that in U.S.?