Food safety, everyone’s business
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is celebrating the first ever World Food Safety Day today (Friday 7 June) by encouraging food businesses to download new guidance to withdraw or recall unsafe food.
The Guidance on Food Traceability, Withdrawals and Recalls within the UK Food Industry is designed to help food businesses carry out food safety withdrawals and recalls with greater ease and effectiveness. It explains what the law requires and what businesses need to do to comply. It also includes advice and best practice on traceability systems, roles and responsibilities and how to inform consumers of a food recall as well as practical tools like editable allergy and food recall alert ‘point of sale’ notices. These can save businesses time and ensure consumers get the information they need.
Philip Randles, Head of Incidents and Resilience at the FSA, said, ‘When food on the market is found to be unsafe, food businesses are required to withdraw or recall a product. Our guidance, and the associated tools, have been created with food businesses in mind to help them carry out their responsibilities more effectively.
‘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.’
Steve Wearne, Director of Science at the Food Standards Agency and Vice Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, said: ‘We are proud to be celebrating the first ever World Food Safety Day – it’s great to have an international day to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks.
‘Today is an opportunity to strengthen efforts to ensure the food we eat is safe. Food safety is everyone’s business. Whether you produce, process, sell or prepare food, you have a role in keeping it safe! We are pleased to play our part in making sure people can trust their food, particularly by working with food businesses when a withdrawal or recall is required.’