Food Safety Consultation
The consultation window for the proposed Food Standards Agency's (“FSA”) guidance on food traceability, withdrawals and recalls within the UK food industry is due to close on 4 February 2019. It will replace the existing FSA guidance notes, which were introduced in 2007.
Currently, food business operators:
- Are responsible for the safety of the food which they produce, distribute, store or sell;cannot place unsafe food on the market.
- Must ensure that the food they produce complies with all applicable food legislation and regulations.
- Must be able to trace the suppliers of their food and the business customers to whom they have supplied the food.
- Must be able to remove unsafe food from the market should a food safety incident arise and have in place suitable traceability and food withdrawal/recall systems as part of a food safety management system.
To help food business operators fulfil their obligations under Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002, the FSA's intention is for the guidance to:
- Clarify the roles, responsibilities and expectations of the key players involved in food withdrawals and recalls in the UK.
- Improve the accessibility and consistency of food recall information directed at
- Consumers. Enhance business to business communications about food recalls and withdrawals.
- Establish guidance on root cause analysis procedures to be used by the industry in the event of food withdrawals and recalls.
If you have any queries about your obligations as a food business or would like further information on this topic, please contact Sebastian Calnan, or give us a call on 0345 070 6000.