The FSA monitors the use of nanotechnology-enabled foods and food contact materials on the UK market. Some are likely to be insoluble and persistent, and whose biological properties cannot be predicted.
The UK National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) network is responsible for setting up EU-wide standards for routine procedures and reliable testing methods in the areas of feed and food and animal health. Details of UK NRLs in food and feed and the responsible department
In the UK, official feed and food laboratories include Public and Agricultural Analyst Laboratories and other microbiological laboratories that undertake work for local authorities (Food Examiners). List of official feed and food control laboratories in the UK.
Conditions data in species other than cattle, poultry, pigs and sheep & goats, collected by Food Standards Agency staff at approved meat establishments as a percentage of throughput. The data is aggregated to country level and is shown by month.
Off-Site File Store Inventories (Iron Mountain and TNT) a list of paper file series originating from the FSA and the number of each held in archive, as well as their function and current owner. Information on electronic file series held by the FSA can be found in the datasets ‘Electronic File Series 2004-2013’ and ‘Food Standards Agency File Plan’. A file series is a method of classifying a collection of records relating to a specific topic. The file series is allocated a prefix made up of letters.
Pig condition data collected by Food Standards Agency staff at approved meat establishments as a percentage of pig throughput. The data is aggregated to country level and is shown by month. Pig throughput data currently represents 50% of total throughput and will be updated as throughput data from remaining approved establishments becomes available.
Summarised and anonymised details of disclosures made to the FSA as a Prescribed Person under public interest disclosure legislation. The FSA’s main objective is to protect public health from risks that may arise in connection with the consumption of food and otherwise to protect the interests of consumers in relation to food. It acts as central competent authority for enforcement of EU food and feed law.
If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities 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.