Freedom of Information requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations.

Anyone can request information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.

Your request will be handled under different regulations depending on the kind of information you ask for, eg the:

How to make a Freedom of Information request

If you cannot find details of the information you are looking for and want to make a request for information to the FSA, you can: 

Further guidance on how to make a valid Freedom of Information request is published on the Information Commissioner’s website.

Once the FSA receives a request for information, we will respond within 20 working days of receiving the request.

Have we answered a similar FOI request?

You might not need to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to get the information you need, because we may have published a reply to an identical request already.​ Our Disclosure Log and information published in response to previous FOI/EIR requests can be found below. 

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Unhappy with how an FOI request has been handled?

If you are not satisfied with the way the FSA has handled your request for information, you should write within two calendar months of the date you received the response to the Openness Team, and ask for an internal review.

The Openness Team will arrange for the Complaints Coordinator to conduct the review.

Openness Team
Food Standards Agency,
Room 2C Aviation House,
125 Kingsway,
London WC2B 6NH

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the FSA. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or through the ICO website.

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