We are inviting recommendations for priorities for the 2016-17 National Coordinated Sampling Programme. Since 2003 the FSA has made grants available to UK enforcement authorities to supplement their own targeted, risk-based sampling activities.
This is your opportunity to provide us with suggestions for the 2016/17 food sampling programme. We have already separately contacted a number of organisations that represent enforcement authorities, research institutions, laboratory representatives, food-related businesses and consumer interests.
While the budget for the 2016-17 sampling programme has not yet been confirmed, it is likely to be significantly reduced from previous years so we need to ensure that priorities are justified and that we have a clear rank order. We shall not be including local priorities as a separate category. However, this does not mean that something seen as a priority locally cannot become a national one if the recommendation is made with sufficiently strong justification. Please note that the FSA sampling programme will not include priorities for microbiological testing because, as for 2015-16, they will be covered in a programme led by Public Health England.
We shall collate the recommendations from within the FSA, from other Government departments and from external stakeholders in preparation for meetings to discuss the priorities.