Last updated:
24 June 2016
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has again made funding available to enforcement authorities for sampling and surveillance of food.

National sampling priorities for 2016/17

Sampling priorities were identified through extensive stakeholder engagement across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The priorities include meat country of origin labelling, allergens, meat speciation, counterfeit wines and spirits, food supplements and various chemical contaminants.  A list of the 2016-17 national food sampling programme is below.


The national coordinated sampling programme has been going since 2003. It was set up originally to provide additional funding for local authority sampling and surveillance and focused on imported food. The purpose is still to provide for additional sampling, but it now includes both imported and nationally-produced food.

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