The FSA carries out routine audits of approved meat establishments in England, Wales and Scotland. If you disagree with the outcome of the audit of your premises by the FSA, you should contact the Veterinary Auditor who conducted the audit and try to resolve any issues informally.
If you are unable to resolve any disagreement informally, you can submit an appeal using the following FSA two-stage appeal process.
You should submit your appeal within 14 calendar days of receiving a copy of your audit report. The appeal must be submitted on an audit appeal form. Evidence to support your claim that the Veterinary Auditor’s assessment is incorrect must also be provided. Full details of how to appeal are provided in the letter that accompanies each audit report.
Your audit and the evidence you provide will be reviewed by an FSA Audit Veterinary Leader from outside the area where your premises is based. You will be notified of the outcome of the audit review within 14 calendar days.
Stage two of the audit appeal process is available only to food business operators who have appealed against two successive audits at stage one.
If a food business operator disagrees with the outcome of the second successive stage one review, they can appeal to an independent external investigating officer from outside the FSA. A fee of £250 is payable at the outset as a contribution to FSA costs, which is refunded if the review rules in the food business operator’s favour and the audit frequency is changed as a result. You will be notified of the outcome of the review within 14 calendar days.
Further information on audit appeals is available in the Manual for Official controls (see chapter 4, part 1, section 5).
You can also contact the FSA in York:
FBO Audit Team
tel: 01904 232070
DARD audits in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, audits of meat premises are carried out by the DARD VPHU on behalf of the FSA. Further information is available by emailing DARD VPHP at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning: 028 3889 1216.