Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

Cookies used on food.gov.uk aren't used to identify you personally.

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them' on GOV.UK.

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit 'How to control cookies...' at AboutCookies.org

Our use of cookies

We use cookies on our site in the following ways.

First-party cookies

Cookies for measuring use of services so our service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors, and to understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used.

Name: VisitorID
Expires: when user exits browser

Cookies for the duration of the visit
Name: JSESSIONID
Typical content: randomly generated number (JSP code)
Purpose: to remember selections or preferences made during the visit
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Typical content: randomly generated number (ASP code)
Purpose: to remember selections or preferences made during the visit
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: PHPSESSID
Typical content: randomly generated number (PHP code)
Purpose: to remember selections or preferences made during the visit
Expires: when user exits browser

WebTrends
Name: WT_FPC
Purpose: to measure numbers and volumes of visitors
Expires: 10 years

Google Analytics
Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Purpose: number of times a visitor has been to the site, time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Purpose: how long a visitor stays on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Purpose: how long a visitor stays on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number
Purpose: where a visitor came from (e.g. search engine, search keyword, link)
Expires: 6 months

More information on cookies from Google Analytics

SiteImprove
Name: nmstat
Typical content: randomly generated number
Purpose: statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site
Expires: 1000 days after last visit

Third party cookies used to share our content across social media sites

AddThis cookies

These allow users to share content via social networking websites and email. When we provide links to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.

Name: bt
Expires: 2 years

Name: bt
Expires: 8 months

Name: di2
Expires: 2 years

Name: dt
Expires: 30 days

Name: loc
Expires:

Name: uid
Expires: 2 years

Name: uit
Expires: 1 day

Name: um
Expires: 2 years

Name: uvc
Expires: 2 years

Name: ct1.addthis.com
The "addthis" plug in will drop in cookies if anything is shared etc. This cookie is used to show the number of likes etc.

More information on the cookies set by AddThis and how to opt out are on the AddThis website.

Twitter cookies

Twitter may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to improve their service including understanding user interaction, monitor aggregate usage and web traffic routing.

Name: k
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 week

Name: guest_id
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 month

Name: original_referer
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: external_referer
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 24 hrs

Name: _twitter_sess
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: js
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 month

For further details on the cookies set by Twitter, please refer to the Twitter website

YouTube cookies

Our YouTube channel uses session cookies to calculate how long the user has been on the site, bandwidth connection and session preferences.

Name: ACTIVITY
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: HSID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: SSID
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: LOGIN_INFO
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: use_hitbox
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: s_gl
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Typical content: randomly generated number for estimating user bandwidth
Expires: <1 year

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number for session preferences
Expires: 20 years

Name: SID
Typical content: randomly generated number for session preferences
Expires: 20 years

Name: demographics
Expires:

For further details on the cookies set by YouTube, please refer to the You Tube website.

Facebook cookies

Name: datr
Expires: 2 years

Name: lsd
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: reg_ext_ref
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: reg_fb_gate
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: reg_fb_ref
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: wd
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: x-referer
Expires: when user exits browser

Cookies for measuring user experience of our services

Surveymonkey

Sometimes we conduct surveys hosted by SurveyMonkey to help us better meet our customers' needs. View SurveyMonkey's privacy policy.

Clicktale

Clicktale is also in use to collect information about how visitors use this site. This provides us with information that can enable the site to work better. We do not link this information to your name or address.

_ga
Typical content: Randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

__CD_Data
Typical content: Randomly generated number
Expires: 1 year

WRUID
Typical content: Randomly generated number
Expires: 1 year

The following link describes Clicktale cookie use and the privacy policy and terms of service

Logging in

Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don't have to do it for every Web page you request from our service.

Name: AUTH_TOKEN
Expires: when user exits browser

Food labelling elearning course (food.gov.uk/labellingtraining)

Name: aModulesVisited
This is used to persist a record of user progress so we can give an indication of which modules have been visited.

MyHACCP web tool (food.gov.uk/myhaccp)

Name: SESS[Unique ID]
Allows logging in and interacting with the MyHACCP Web Tool. Essential for MyHACCP site functionality.
Expires: 23 days

Name: has_js
Identifies whether your browser is enabled to display Javascript elements.
Expires: At end of session

Third party advertising cookies

Government uses advertising to:

  • remind you of important tasks as a citizen, such as making a tax return,
  • inform you about changes in the law, as we did when smoking laws were changed, and
  • encourage behaviour that leads to better health and well-being and lower costs on health services, such as exercising, eating healthily and safe driving.

We want to make sure that any money spent on advertising is well spent. For this purpose it is useful to find out where and when people see online adverts. Third party advertising cookies are small data files that are written to your device when you visit a non-government website that displays a government advertisement. Third party cookies do not store information that identifies you or knows about you as an individual.

Name: Doubleclick: doubleclick.net
Typical content: randomly generated number
Purpose: If you have responded from another site to a government link or advertisement, to ensure that we advertise in the right places to the right people and deliver good use of taxpayers' money.
Expires: 2 years

More information on cookies from Doubleclick and how to adjust your privacy setting preferences, including how to opt-out.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit How to control cookies... at AboutCookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.