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How to get the most from the Food Standards Agency website including advice on browser settings and information on accessibility standards.

Screen settings

The site is designed to be clear and easy to read. For best results set your to a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.


The Food Standards Agency website should work on any computer running a mainstream browser for example Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. Contact us if you have any problems seeing the site with the browser you are using.

File formats and plugins

Some information on the site has been enhanced using plugins (add-ons to your web browser that enable users to view non-standard HTML files). Your browser should warn you if you need to download a plugin, and point itself at an appropriate download site.

This site utilises files of the following file types:

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
HTML is the basic file format used on the Internet, this page is in HTML format. It is our policy to make as much information as possible available in this format. Sometimes data may be made available in the following alternative formats.

PDF (Portable Document format)
PDF files are fully printable documents and are used for downloading and printing large documents from the site. To read them you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available free of charge.

Download Adobe Reader Software.
Get Adobe Reader

The Adobe site provides information on using accessible PDF features.
Adobe Reader accessibility

If you have problems opening .pdf documents within your web browser, you can download the files to your own computer.

If you wish to download the file please follow this procedure;

  • place your cursor over the link
  • click the right hand button of your mouse (PC only)
  • select "save target as" from the drop down menu
  • choose a location on your computer to save the file
  • Click the "save" button

You will now be able to open the document in Acrobat Reader on your own computer.

Adobe Flash
This file format is used for some design elements of the site. You will need the (free) Flash software to view these files.

Download Adobe Flash Player Software.
Get Adobe Flash Player


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Images are used under licence from Hemera Photo-Objects.
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More in this section

  • Accessibility

    We want this site to be accessible to all users, including those with visual impairments. Our website has been designed with a number of accessibility features.

  • Disclaimer

    Every effort is made to ensure that the information provided on this site is accurate and up to date, but no legal responsibility is accepted for any errors, omissions or misleading statements.

  • FSA online

    The Food Standards Agency now has content in different forms across the web. Find out what we have to offer including our interactive tools, campaign adverts, podcasts and RSS news feeds.

  • Feedback

    We are always looking for ways to improve our online content. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

  • RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication)

    The Food Standards Agency website uses a free newsfeed so it's now even easier to stay updated.

  • Site Map

    This site map provides links to the major areas of this website.

  • Terms and conditions

    The Food Standards Agency websites are maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of these sites constitutes your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This includes a privacy statement, cookie information, copyright statement, disclaimer and hyperlinking policy.