Europe Increases Food Safety Controls

In the last quarter of 2014 reports of food recalls and notifications of regulatory compliance increased by 16% particularly in fruits, vegetables and fish derivatives.  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

Food recalls and notifications from the European authorities increased by 16% in the last quarter of 2014 compared to the previous period. Similarly, 40 more cases of this type were reported in comparison with the first three months of 2013.

The company Stericycle ExpertSolutions which analyzed the product recalls, recoveries, returns and audits in Europe and the United States has revealed that in the last quarter of 2014 there was a significant increase in food recalls and notifications across Europe.

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