Food safety in Finland 2020

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Title: Food safety in Finland 2020
Author: Finnish Food Authority
Publisher: Finnish Food Authority
Date: 2021-09
Language: en
Belongs to series: Finnish Food Authority publications 5/2021
ISBN: 978-952-358-026-8
ISSN: 2669-8307
Abstract: 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.
Subject: food safety
food control
food products
Subject (ysa): elintarviketurvallisuus
Rights: CC BY-ND 4.0

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