Our website takedown and amendment policy

Last updated:
22 October 2015
This page sets out the circumstances in which content is taken down (archived) from our website. Archived content can be accessed on The National Archives web archive as it takes regular snapshots of the site.

Scope of the policy

The takedown policy applies to material on our own websites.

General timescales for takedown of content from food.gov.uk

Food alerts and Allergy alerts

Food alerts and Allergy alerts will remain on food.gov.uk for a period of up to three years.  

News stories

A news story will remain on food.gov.uk for a period of up to three years.

Campaigns

Campaigns will remain on the food.gov.uk until the content is no longer relevant. This might be because of change in law or policy, for example, or because evidence points to a change in advice. If this happens, the content will then be removed. Archived content can be accessed on The National Archives web archive as it takes regular snapshots of the site.

Consultations

An FSA consultation will remain on food.gov.uk as an ‘open’ consultation while we are seeking views. This is usually for a period of 12 weeks. The consultation will then remain on food.gov.uk as a ‘closed’ consultation for a period of up to three years.

Business guidance

FSA business guidance will remain on food.gov.uk and be updated until it is no longer valid, because of a change in law or policy, or because evidence points to a change in advice.

Information pages

General FSA information pages will remain on food.gov.uk and be updated until they are no longer valid, because of a change in law or policy, or because evidence points to a change in advice.

Research reports

Research reports will remain on food.gov.uk until such time when the research no longer provides relevant evidence.

Guiding principles

As a general rule, information published on the FSA website will be considered to be in the public domain and will be removed from the website only in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the FSA.