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Food safety - food alerts

Food alerts are released by the Food Standards Agency as a way of letting people know about problems associated with food.

The FSA issues a ‘Product Withdrawal Information Notice’ or a ‘Product Recall Information Notice’ to let local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food. These are issued where a solution to the problem has been put in place – the product is withdrawn from sale or recalled from consumers, for example.
In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

The action we take depends on how severe the alert is. It may include;

  • circulating the information to the food and health team
  • issuing a press release
  • contacting premises by letter or in person to remove certain products
  • visiting premises to remove food

To sign up to food alerts just click on the link http://www.food.gov.uk

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