Food Surveillance

UK Food Surveillance system

UK Food Surveillance system (UKFSS) is a national database for the central storage of analytical results from food and feed samples taken by Local Authorities and tested by Public Analyst laboratories in Scotland. The database can be accessed by FSS, FSA, enforcement authorities and laboratories to search for anonymised local, regional, and national datasets, and identify trends and areas of non-compliance that can help develop sampling plans.

The Sampling and Surveillance working group (SSWG) set up by the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC) analyses the dataset to identify issues in Scotland relating to food safety, labelling and composition. The working group publishes an annual report, which highlights how the data has been used to inform measures currently in place for food monitoring across Scotland.  Effective sampling plans are important components of each local authority’s food safety enforcement toolkit and the enforcement community uses the UKFSS data to inform future sampling plans and surveillance activities, whilst ensuring sampling plans mirror the profile of their premises and support authorised officers during their routine food safety and food standards inspections.

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