FSA publishes report into international meat production processes

25 May 2021

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The Food Standards Authority (FSA) has published a scientific report examining information and data from various countries around the world on the production processes for meat and poultry, and the prevalence of several microorganisms.

The research was carried out to help the FSA better understand the international context of imports, and the associated food safety control processes in place for products coming into the UK. Researchers created profiles of 16 countries, including the UK, featuring prevalence data for Salmonella, Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, Trichinella, and antimicrobial resistance, alongside descriptions of processes.

The report noted difficulties in attempting direct comparisons between countries, due to significant variance in data collection techniques, such as sampling and testing, and differing applications of control plans throughout the world.

Source: FSA, 18 May 2021