Published: 21 January 2019 by Hannah Price
The fundamental principle in the regulations, is that food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe. When a product is required to be withdrawn from the market or recalled due to safety concerns, the process of doing this can often be a very daunting one. There are lots of variables to consider when assessing whether a product is safe.
The FSA has recognised that there needs to be an update to the guidance on this area, in order for the process to be dealt with as effectively and efficiently as possible.
The new guidance produced seems to have been geared towards food businesses and making the process easier and quicker. It has been developed with input from a variety of sectors in the food industry including consumer organisations and enforcement.
There are additional best practice inclusions emphasising product traceability and record keeping. It is recommended that a specific team is identified for dealing with such matters, whereby everyone has clear roles and responsibilities throughout the process.
If you are part of a food business who this will likely have an affect on, then you should definitely have a look at the consultation. The closing date is the 4th February for any responses.
Visit the FSA website and all the consultation documents can be accessed.
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