We are pleased to have been invited to join the External Stakeholder Reference Group that is helping to inform and guide the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) in their current review of food recall arrangements in the UK food retail sector and forthcoming changes to how FSA/FSS Food Alerts are communicated.
Where food businesses operators have reason to believe that food safety requirements have not been met, they are obliged to effectively remove affected products from the market, inform the local authorities and, where necessary, ensure that consumers are appropriately informed. This includes foods that have been removed from the market due to inaccurate allergen information.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) wish to understand more about food recall arrangements within the food retail sector; how local authorities are engaged in the process and to understand consumer awareness, understanding and behaviours when food is recalled.
The review aims to identify what currently works well and where improvements could be made to better protect / inform the consumer.
The project is being taken forward in a collaborative manner. An external stakeholder reference group has been established to advise the FSA/FSS on the review and any recommendations that will follow.
Membership includes representatives from local authorities (LAs), the food industry and consumer representatives.