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New tools for withdrawing and recalling unsafe food

12 March 2019

The Food Standards Agency has published new guidance designed to help food businesses carry out food safety withdrawals and recalls with greater ease and effectiveness.

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:

  • Traceability systems
  • Making a decision on carrying out a withdrawal or recall
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The key principles to inform consumers effectively of a food recall.

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.”

The FSA has 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.

FPC participated in the development of the guidance in partnership with other representatives from the food industry, enforcement authorities and consumer allergy/patient support organisations.

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