Our review of product withdrawals and recalls

Last updated:
24 February 2017
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The FSA, together with Food Standards Scotland (FSS), is undertaking a project to understand more about food recall arrangements within the food retail sector.

The system for withdrawals and recalls has never been reviewed before, and the FSA and FSS believe the time is right to take a look at how things are working to make sure we have the most effective system in place for everyone – consumers, food business operators and regulators alike.

The project aims to identify what currently works well and where improvements could be made to better protect and inform consumers.

We have set up an External Stakeholder Reference Group made up of bodies representing industry, consumers and regulators to help us interpret research findings and identify recommendations to improve the current system.

Attached below are the papers from meetings of this group, which, as well as updates on project progress, include information on:

  • how the current system works
  • our approach to evidence and research gathering
  • analyses of recall statistics
  • comparisons with other systems internationally
  • how we are engaging stakeholders in this work.

Where changes and improvements are identified we expect to begin carrying these forward in the summer of 2017.

For more information about the project, contact David.Lowe@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk or Tracy.Bishop@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk