Allergy alerts / food hazard warnings

The FSA issues a 'Product Withdrawal Information Notice' or a 'Product Recall Information Notice' to let local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

A Product Withdrawal Information Notice or a Product Recall Information Notice is issued where a solution to the problem has been put in place – the product has been, or is being, withdrawn from sale or recalled from consumers, for example. A Food Alert for Action is issued where intervention by enforcement authorities is required. These notices and alerts are often issued in conjunction with a product withdrawal or recall by a manufacturer, retailer or distributor.

Details of the latest product withdrawals and recalls, including Food Alerts for Action, can be found below. Because of the Agency's openness remit, all previous notices and alerts are available. You can find them by visiting the Food Standards Agency website via the links at the bottom of this page. In many cases the food issues they refer to will have been resolved.

From June 2010, the FSA changed the way it issues information about product withdrawals and recalls. Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices replace what was known under the previous system as the ‘Food Alert for Information’.

Allergy Tool

An online tool aimed at dispelling myths about food allergy and intolerance has been launched on the NHS Choices website, with the help of the Food Standards Agency.

The food allergy and intolerance mythbuster tool, developed in conjunction with FSA allergy experts, looks at common misconceptions about food allergies and intolerances and sorts the facts from fiction.

Current food alerts

APRIL 2013

MARCH 2013





We only display food alerts for the preceding 6 months to access Food and Allergy Alerts before this time you can vist the Food Standards Agency's Food Alert Page and the Allergy Allert Page where you can also subscribe to receive the alerts to your email or mobile phone.