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Food Safety Consultation

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.