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We welcome feedback, concerns and complaints and want to do everything we can to learn from them so we can provide a better service.  

You can let us know if:

  • you’re unhappy with the service you get from the FSA
  • you’re unhappy with the behaviour or actions of a member of staff employed by or on behalf of the FSA
  • a member of our staff in a public-facing role does not meet the required standards of spoken English or Welsh fluency, known as the ‘fluency duty’

FSA is not responsible for complaints about food products or services provided by a food business. To complain about food products or services, use the report a food problem service.

How to complain about the FSA

You can complain about the FSA using our online form.

You can also send a letter to:

FSA Complaints Co-ordinator
Food Standards Agency 
Complaints and Transparency Team
Foss House
Kings Pool 
1-2 Peasholme Green
York YO1 7PR

If you need help in making your complaint, you can telephone us on: 0330 332 7149

You should complain no later than 1 calendar month after you first become aware of the issue.

Tell us if you want the details of your complaint to be kept anonymous and confidential when you first contact us.

Read the full FSA complaints policy

What happens next

We will investigate your complaint thoroughly.

We will write to you with a full reply:

  • within 20 working days of receiving your complaint, if your complaint is handled locally
  • within 40 working days if your complaint is being reviewed by the FSA’s Complaints Co-ordinator or Chief Executive

If we cannot respond within the stated deadline, we will tell you why and when you will get a full reply. We will also tell you how to escalate your complaint if you are not happy with the reply. This will include details of how you can ask for your complaint and its handling to be investigated by the Ombudsman.

We aim to meet the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s UK Central Government Complaint Standards when handling complaints. These standards help us provide a quicker and simpler complaints handling service that:

  • promotes a learning culture
  • welcomes complaints in a positive way
  • is thorough and fair 
  • gives fair and accountable responses  

Complaints about standards of spoken English or Welsh

If your complaint is made under the fluency duty, the member of staff who is the subject of the complaint will be notified. They will have the opportunity to give their account of the facts leading to the complaint.

A complaint against a member of staff’s accent, dialect, manner or tone of communication, origin or nationality will not be considered a legitimate complaint under the fluency duty.

Complaints about our Welsh Language Services

Information on complaints in relation to our Welsh Language Scheme and services can be found on the Welsh Language Scheme page.


We are also very pleased to receive compliments about us or any of our staff. You can also make a suggestion on how to improve our service.

You can send any compliments or comments by emailing us at:

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