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Food alerts

Food alerts

The Food Standards Agency issues food alerts to inform local authorities and the public of national or regional problems concerning food.

Once a food alert has been issued, food businesses normally voluntarily remove the affected product from sale. If a food company does not voluntarily withdraw the product then enforcement action may be taken.

To view the latest food alerts, click this link to the Food Standards Agency website.

What is a food alert?

From time to time, problems occur during the production and distribution of food. These may be caused by production faults, contamination or sabotage. In order to prevent harm to consumers, food alerts are issued to inform people of the problem.

What do we do?

Upon receipt of an alert we notify all relevant local businesses either in person, by telephone, by letter or press release, depending on the urgency of the alert. Enforcement action will be taken if necessary to remove the food from the supply chain.

How do I find out about current alerts?

Details of recent food alerts are available on the Food Standards Agency website.

Select this link if you wish to be notified each time a food alert is issued by the Food Standards Agency.

Do I have to contact the council if I have some of the food included in a food alert?

Not always. There will be details in the alert – it may be sufficient to dispose of the food or return it to the place you purchased it. If in any doubt, do not use the product and contact us for further advice.

Food business obligations – withdrawals of food

From 1 January 2005 food businesses must withdraw food from the market if it does not comply with food safety requirements. Food does not comply with food safety requirements if it is unsafe, injurious to health or unfit for human consumption.

Businesses must notify both the Food Standards Agency and the local council. A form has been produced for food businesses to report food withdrawals.


Last updated on 19 January 2016