Radioactivity, like any other contaminant of food, needs to be monitored to ensure that food safety is not compromised and consumers are adequately protected.
An extensive monitoring programme for radionuclides in food is carried out by the Agency and results are published annually in the Radioactivity in Food and the Environment report (RIFE). The monitoring programme provides the only independent UK-wide data of radioactivity in foods.
The Agency also carries out targeted surveys of certain sheep farms affected by contamination from the accident at Chernobyl. The Agency manages restrictions on the movement of affected sheep to protect consumers, where levels of radioactivity in sheep have been found to have fallen to safe levels, controls on these farms are removed.
Further information is available from:
Food Standards Agency,
London WC2B 6NH