Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2019

FSA News Item, 11 March 2019

PRODUCT RECALL - FSA launches new tools for withdrawing or recalling unsafe food

Guidance on Food Traceability, ithdrawals and ecalls within the UK Food Industry

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Our new guidance has been designed to help food businesses carry out food safety withdrawals and recalls with greater ease and effectiveness.

The FSA ‘Guidance on Food Traceability, Withdrawals and Recalls within the UK Food Industry’ explains what the law requires and how to comply, as well as information on: 

Philip Randles, Head of Incidents and Resilience at the Food Standards Agency, said:  

‘When food on the market is found to be unsafe, food businesses are required to withdraw or recall a product. This guidance and the associated tools have been created with food businesses in mind, to help them carry out their responsibilities with greater ease and effectiveness.

‘We urge food businesses to download these tools, so they are equipped to carry out the necessary actions to make sure food is safe and what it says it is.’  

We have also created some tools to supplement the UK-wide guidance and make it easier to implement. For example, a food recall point of sale notice that will save businesses time and make sure consumers get the information they need. 

This project has been delivered in partnership with representatives from the food industry, enforcement authorities and consumer allergy/patient support organisations. They are a key outcome from our joint review with Food Standards Scotland of the UK’s current food withdrawal and recall system. 

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