Source: Queen's University

As the increasing number food scares causes consumers to question the safety of everyday food items, researchers at Queen's University Belfast have completed the first ever analysis of all the food recalls announced in the USA, UK and Ireland over the last decade.


The research, by Antony Potter, Ph.D., at Queen's Centre for Assured and Traceable Foods (ASSET) identified 2,439 food recalls over the past 10 years — including the recall of 380 million eggs in the USA in 2010 following a Salmonella outbreak at a farm in Iowa, and the 2008 pork recall in Ireland, which affect export markets in 21 countries around the world.


Potter said: "The number of food scares and product recalls has increased significantly in the past decade. Until now, however, there has been no international database to measure trends in food recalls.

"Our detailed analysis of recalls in the UK, Ireland and USA begins to help fill that gap. It outlines how the frequency and severity of recalls has increased over the past 10 years, accompanied by significant financial implications for food producers."

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