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Food recalls – FSA review

6 December 2016

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) together with Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has started a project to understand more about food recall arrangements within the food retail sector.

The system for recalls and withdrawals has never been reviewed before, and the FSA/FSS believes the time is right to take a look at how things are working to make sure the most effective system is in place for everyone – food business operators, consumers and regulators alike.

The project aims to identify what currently works well and where improvements could be made to better protect and inform the consumer.

The project is currently in an evidence gathering stage. The FSA is commissioning research to provide greater insight into how competent authorities and food business operators are engaged in the process and consumer awareness, understanding and behaviours when food is recalled.

Kantar Public will be undertaking the external research for the project and the FSA would welcome your support and involvement if you are approached to make sure your views and thoughts are taken into consideration. FPC will be participating in this research. All information provided to Kantar Public will be held in confidence. Please be assured that all views can be given anonymously and Kantar Public will report information so it cannot be attributable to any particular source.

The results of this work will be available to the FSA in the spring. An External Stakeholder Reference Group (ESRG) has been established, made up of bodies representing industry, consumers and regulators to help the FSA interpret research findings and identify recommendations to improve the current system. FPC is a member of the ESRG group and would be pleased to receive any feedback and comments from members.

The FSA expects to begin carrying forward the recommended changes in late spring 2017.

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