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Gregg McClymont (Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions); Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food sample tests (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) local authorities acting on behalf of the Food Standards Agency have conducted (i) throughout Scotland and (ii) in each local authority area in Scotland in each of the last five years.

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Anna Soubry (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health; Broxtowe, Conservative)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is involved in a range of food sampling carried out each year under a range of national and European Union food legislation. The various areas of testing and numbers of samples taken are set out in the annual reports of the Implementation of the UK National Control Plan since 2007.

The FSA also commissions regular surveys of foods to help to protect and inform consumers by alerting the agency to potential food safety issues. The surveys help to judge the effectiveness of regulation and inform negotiations with the European Commission, monitor trends and assess risks. These surveys can also be found on the FSA website.

Local authorities in Scotland reported the following total number of food sample tests in their annual food law enforcement monitoring returns to the FSA:

  Number of analyses (tests) Number of individual samples
2008-09 15,223
2009-10 19,367 13,969
2010-11 15,248 10,642
2011-12 13,602 10,236
2012-13 (1) (1)
(1) Not yet available

These returns only include the samples tested by Official Control Laboratories and may not reflect the whole of the local authorities’ food sampling activities.

The data by individual local authority are:

  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Local authority Analyses Samples Analyses Samples Analyses Samples Analyses Samples
Aberdeen City 932 459 1,056 673 774 584 1,189 814
Aberdeenshire 988 810 921 583 678 540 492 348
Angus Council 645 916 749 508 498 421 476 343
Argyll and Bute 333 311 369 255 137 99 209 156
City of Edinburgh n/a n/a 2093 1,023 583 331 859 530
City of Glasgow 1,490 1,409 1,912 1,410 1,693 1,551 1,652 1,495
Clackmannanshire 215 215 203 155 115 113 141 114
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar 95 68 175 106 157 107 83 60
Dumfries and Galloway 264 203 353 255 427 331 333 275
Dundee City 483 376 624 422 413 338 367 233
East Ayrshire 1,112 859 918 735 449 427 281 267
East Dunbartonshire 662 366 204 166 281 238 365 311
East Lothian 184 184 1,158 561 787 453 691 390
East Renfrewshire 413 413 511 361 333 277 114 105
Falkirk 137 130 291 201 212 192 145 121
Fife 372 372 735 521 366 336 418 315
Inverclyde Council 271 206 179 147 295 41 192 248
Midlothian 239 239 434 210 408 215 387 216
Moray 520 321 663 441 404 329 413 323
North Ayrshire 520 353 482 303 347 239 326 244
North Lanarkshire 1,051 960 536 517 296 127 118 115
Orkney Islands 2 2 124 64 149 80 69 47
Perth and Kinross 266 157 361 267 278 257 320 243
Renfrewshire 337 337 268 209 145 118 65 49
Scottish Borders 326 314 615 310 266 147 418 259
Shetland Islands 1,215 1,210 299 144 99 59 235 136
South Ayrshire 489 489 482 353 483 415 474 435
South Lanarkshire 1,194 1,153 1,053 1,024 1,325 486 738 700
Stirling n/a n/a 533 362 519 397 270 225
The Highland Council 2,307 1,353 1,066 672 1,124 618 755 422
West Dunbartonshire 377 379 397 315 121 202 313 275
West Lothian 706 659 1,371 696 1,086 574 694 422

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