The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest Annual Report of Food Incidents giving details of all the incidents of food and environmental contamination it investigated and managed in the UK in 2013.
A total of 1,562 incidents are included in the report, only four of which were classified as ‘high’ level. This figure is 42 less than in 2012, but the FSA says that it is higher than in many previous years. The three main types of incident recorded were microbiological contamination (21%), environmental contamination (15%) and natural chemical contamination (9%).
The FSA says that microbiological contamination is the only category of incident that has been consistently increasing over time. A total of 147 such incidents were recorded in 2006, while in 2013 the figure was 322, with 30% of those being due to Salmonella contamination. Most of the natural chemical contamination incidents were related to aflatoxins, especially in nuts, while algal toxin contamination in shellfish was also common.
The report can be found in full on the FSA website here (PDF file).