Food alerts (previously known as food hazard warnings) are issued by the Food Standards Agency to draw the attention of local food authorities, the food trade and members of public to national or local problems with food, which may relate to food safety or compositional issues.
Once a food alert has been issued, the manufacturers or distributors of the food will normally voluntarily withdraw the product.
Depending on the nature of the alert, the Food Standards Agency may advise the local authority to contact suppliers and retailers to ensure that the food is withdrawn and some form of press release may be produced to advise the general public of the problem.
If a food company does not voluntarily withdraw the product then enforcement action may be taken.
For more information on and to view the latest food alerts visit Food Alerts (Food Standards Agency website)
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