The Food Standards Agency will be what is known as the ‘Controller’ of the personal data provided to us.
Why we need it
We need to collect this information for the purpose of liaising with local authorities as Competent Authorities for food and feed safety. We hold contact details for local authority officers, such as the lead food officer details, nominated officer for imported foods, out of hours service contact information and enforcement email addresses as required by the Food and Feed Law Codes of Practice.
We do this in line with the performance of our statutory duties to comply with our legal obligation under the Food Standards Act 1999 and the Food and Feed Law Codes of Practice as required under The Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety (NI) Order 1991. We will not collect or hold any personal data on you which we do not need.
What we do with it
We retain personal information only for as long as necessary to carry out these functions, and in line with our retention policy. This means that this information will be retained until the local authority officer contact details change and for two years thereafter.
All the personal data we process is located on servers within the European Union. Our cloud based services have been procured through the government framework agreements and these services have been assessed against the national cyber security centre cloud security principles.
No third parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so. In line with this commitment your information may be passed to other government departments. The Food Standards Agency will sometimes share data with other government departments, public bodies, and organisations which perform public functions to assist them in the performance of their statutory duties or when it is in the public interest.
You have a right to see the information we hold on you by making a request in writing to the email address below. If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to have it corrected. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter.
If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).