Research – COVID-19 impacts enforcement in Ireland and Sweden

Food Safety News

The number of enforcement orders served on businesses for breaching food safety legislation in 2020 in Ireland fell by 67 percent compared to the year before.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that 42 enforcement orders were given to food businesses compared to 125 in 2019.

Meanwhile, a survey by Livsmedelsverket (the National Food Agency) in Sweden has revealed planned food controls have been heavily impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The agency found nearly three out of four authorities in the country have not been able to carry out all the food control work they had planned in 2020, with many saying their resources are stretched and they needed to prioritise.

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