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Food safety watchdog sets out 2013 priorities

By Mike Stones , 04-Feb-2013

Microbiological food safety − including campylobacter, E.coli, listeria and norovirus – tops the list of five priorities for 2013 identified by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Microbiological food safety tops the list of the FSA's proposed research priorities

Microbiological food safety tops the list of the FSA's proposed research priorities

Also on the list are a range of issues related to food and feed hygiene policy and chemical safety of food, including metals and organic contaminants.

The plan outlines priority science and evidence activities for the coming year. It includes potential areas for research funding and workshops that will help develop the Agency’s evidence base.

The FSA said comments on the plan should be sent to the agency by Friday February 15.

Calls for research

The first calls for research arising from the plan are expected in the next few weeks.

For more information about the FSA’s research priorities, is available here .

Meanwhile, the FSA is meeting food retailers and suppliers today (February 4), after the Ministry of Justice revealed that prisoners in England and Wales had been served halal meat products that were contaminated with pork .

 

 FSA proposed activities

  • Microbiological food safety, including campylobacter, E.coli, listeria and norovirus
  • A range of issues related to food and feed hygiene policy
  • Chemical safety of food, including metals and organic contaminants
  • The next round of the FSA strategic challenge call
  • Diet and health related work funded by the FSA in Scotland and Northern Ireland

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