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  • Finnish Food Authority (Finnish Food Authority, 2019)
    Finnish Food Authority publications 5/2019
    This report presents for the year 2018 the results of regulatory control related to food safety, official controls and monitoring programmes on food and feed, as well as research and risk assessments. The report also assesses, based on the results, the status of food safety and future needs for regulatory activities in Finland. The report extends the annual report referred to in EU Control Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004 with respect to food safety where the annual report describes the results of control in the various sectors of the food supply chain as a whole. The results of regulatory control and research in 2018 demonstrate a good status of food safety in Finland. Domestically produced food does not contain chemical substances in levels that would be dangerous to the consumer. Foodstuffs tested contain food-poisoning causing bacteria in very low concentrations. The number of food-borne epidemics as well as the number of people affected increased notably from the previous year. The reason for this increase was mainly due to illnesses caused by noroviruses. The number of food frauds is increasing and fraudulent activities are also found in Finland. The number of food withdrawals is still increasing. As a rule, food sector companies operating in Finland meet food safety requirements excellently or very well. Severe shortcomings occur in very low numbers.
  • Finnish Food Authority (Finnish Food Authority, 2020)
    Finnish Food Authority publications 4/2020
    This report presents for the year 2019 the results of regulatory control related to food safety, official controls and monitoring programmes on food and feed, as well as research and risk assessments. The report also assesses, based on the results, the status of food safety and future needs for regulatory activities in Finland. The report extends the annual report referred to in the EU Control Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004, starting from 14.12.2019 the Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625, with respect to food safety where the annual report describes the results of control in the various sectors of the food supply chain as a whole. The results of regulatory control and research in 2019 demonstrate a good status of food safety in Finland. Domestically produced food does not contain chemical substances in levels that would be dangerous to the consumer. Foodstuffs tested contain food-poisoning causing bacteria in very low concentrations. The number of food-borne epidemics as well as the number of people affected has decreased from the previous year. The amount of epidemics as well as the number of people affected varies significantly from year to year. The main pathogen in 2019 was still the norovirus. It spreads easily with the affected and often causes disease in large groups of people. The number of food frauds is increasing and fraudulent activities are also found in Finland. The number of food withdrawals is still increasing. As a rule, food sector companies operating in Finland meet food safety requirements excellently or very well. Severe shortcomings occur in very low numbers.
  • Finnish Food Authority (Finnish Food Authority, 2021)
    Finnish Food Authority publications 5/2021
    This report presents the 2020 results of regulatory control related to food safety, official controls and monitoring programmes on food and feed as well as research and risk assessments. The report also assesses, based on the results, the status of food safety and future needs for regulatory activities in Finland. The report extends the annual report referred to in the EU Control Regulation (EU) No. 2017/625 on official controls with respect to food safety; the annual report describes the results of the control in the various sectors of the food supply chain as a whole. The results of official controls and investigations from 2020 show that food safety is at a good level in Finland despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Domestic products do not contain such quantities of chemical substances that would be hazardous for the consumer and the level of food poisoning bacteria in the food studied is very low. In 2020 the number of food-borne epidemics was significantly lower than in previous years. For the first time the fight against crime in the food chain was incorporated into the national strategy and action plan for combating grey economy and economic crime for 2020–2023. The control activities planned by the food control authorities were mainly achieved. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions and limitations the inspections, sampling and research could be carried out almost as planned. Remote inspections were introduced and controls were made to be more risk-based. The number of food recalls has increased dramatically for both domestic, internal market and third country products. Recalls are an indication of the effectiveness and responsibility of both official controls as well as own-check activities practised by companies.