Food incident investigations on the rise

Food safety bosses have announced an increase in the number of food incidents it investigated last year, including a rise in the number of incidents involving veterinary medicines.

According to the Food Standards Agency’s Annual Report of Incidents 2011, the agency investigated on 1,714 occasions, compared with 1,505 the previous year, and 1,208 in 2009.

According to the FSA, no single reason has been cited for the increase, but it believe a combination of factors is responsible, with improved monitoring and reporting playing a big role.

Tim Smith, chief executive of the Food Standards Agency, said: “Keeping food safe is the FSA’s priority and investigating food incidents is a key part of that. Our annual report gives a real insight into the vital role we play in protecting the food chain from a wide range of risks.

“The UK has some of the most robust food safety safeguards in the world. When such incidents do occur the food industry, the FSA, other government agencies, and enforcement officers locally, work quickly to isolate any risks and remove affected products from our shelves. I hope that this report gives consumers confidence that our systems are working and working well.”