Food Recalls, Disease Outbreaks Rose In Finland Last Year
According to a recent report, the incidence of food recalls and outbreaks increased in Finland in 2021. Joe Whitworth of FoodSafetyNews.com reported on July 14, 2022, that the number of food recalls grew to more than 300 for the sixth consecutive year.
Photo Insert: There were 26 recalls due to Salmonella in 2021. It was present in a range of foods, including meat, fish, and fresh herbs.
The paper covers food safety, official controls, and monitoring procedures for both human and animal food.
The paper, which is released by the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto), also addresses food crime, inspection findings, RASFF alerts, imports and exports, and 2021 amendments to the Food Act.
Ethylene oxide dominated the 309 food recalls with 72 notices. 33 recalls were caused by pesticide residues and 29 by allergies. In more than half of instances, the non-compliant product originated from outside the European Union (EU).
49 notifications were caused by various types of microbiological contamination, such as Salmonella, Listeria, and molds.
There were 26 recalls due to Salmonella in 2021. It was present in a range of foods, including meat, fish, and fresh herbs.
47 of the 73 significant allergic reactions reported to the national anaphylaxis register in 2021 were food-related. 46 foodborne outbreaks impacting 1,378 people were reported, compared to 34 outbreaks affecting 543 persons in 2020.
According to the report, the incidence of outbreaks caused by an unknown agent decreased, indicating that the investigation of incidents has improved. A significant Salmonella outbreak infected over 700 persons.
The involved food was a salad with iceberg lettuce, cucumber, and peas, which was served at many kindergartens.