b'ENSURING SAFE FOOD FOR ALLAssessing risk and analysing data In addition to its food safety monitoring and data science To monitor trends in the microbiological quality of retailwork,SFAconducteddietaryexposureassessment food, NCFS introduced an annual risk-based food hygienearisingfromfoodsafetyconcerns.DuringtheFY,SFA monitoring programme in FY 2019. A total of 2,452 foodassessments on heavy metals in cockles and polyaromatic sampleswerecollectedfornon-regulatorytestingandhydrocarbons (PAH) in garlics were carried out. We found trend analysis. Through data analysis, we identified high- that the exposure to mercury, lead, and cadmium from risk food types that had unsatisfactory track records. Thethe consumption of cockles is unlikely to pose adverse findings and trends on the microbiological safety of retailhealth effects. It is also unlikely for PAH in garlics to cause food were presented to stakeholders (members of foodacute health effects.servicesassociation,coffeeshops,andfoodcourts)toInsupportofriskandscientificcommunication,we heighten their food safety awareness. As part of NCFScontributedourfindingstofourpeer-reviewjournal contribution to scientific sharing, we also presented thesepublicationscoveringtopicssuchasthesurveillance food safety trends to local and international regulatoryandriskassessmentoffoodbornepathogensandthe and scientific communities.applicationofgenomesequencingandanalysisfor TogetherwithOneHealthpartners,NCFSanalysedfoodsafetyand AMR.NCFSalsopublishedatotalof laboratoryandepidemiologicaldatatosupportSFAseightpeer-reviewedjournalarticlesonSalmonella, operationsinfoodbornediseasesurveillance,outbreakStreptococcusagalactiaeSequence Type283,Hepatitis investigation, and response. In addition, in FY 2019, NCFSE, and antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. In addition, we spearheaded the analysis of feedback on food poisoninggave more than 20 presentations in various conferences received, on top of data from One Health sources. Asand events. a result, we were able to make use of data analytics to bettertargetenforcementeffortsonthedetectionofRecognising private laboratories for food hygiene violations. safety testing InNovember2019,SFArolledoutitsLaboratory Recognition Programme (LRP), which recognises private laboratoriesfortheircapabilitiesinprovidingfood safety testing services to the food industry. Recognised laboratories will undergo annual on-site verification and proficiencytestingprogrammes. Throughtheseefforts, LRP serves to ensure the quality of test results produced bytherecognisedlaboratories,andraisetheirfood testing capabilities.48 SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCYANNUAL REPORT 2019/20'