The number of food recalls in Finland increased for the fifth year in a row in 2020.

According to data collected by the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto), food was withdrawn from the market 267 times this past year compared to 200 occasions in 2019.

Microbiological contamination and ethylene oxide in sesame seeds both caused 17 percent of the total followed by allergens and pesticide residues.

The total was elevated because of recalls due to ethylene oxide residues found in products that contained Indian sesame seeds. This led to 45 recalls and has continued into 2021. However, excluding these cases, withdrawals

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