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Food product withdrawals, recalls and food alerts

Product withdrawals and recalls

The Food Standards Agency issues a Product Withdrawal Information Notice or a Product Recall Information Notice to let local authorities and consumers know about food problems.

Theses notices are issued where a solution has been put in place. For example, this could mean the product has been, or is being, withdrawn from sale or recalled from consumers.

Food alerts

In some cases, a food alert is issued by the Food Standards Agency to alert all local authorities of a national concern regarding a foodstuff. The alert tells us what action we need to take.

The food products are usually withdrawn or recalled by the manufacturer, retailer or distributor. We sometimes search outlets in Hull to make sure that the entire product has been removed from sale.

We are given the following information in a food alert -

  • the food with which the problem is associated, including details such as batch numbers
  • the problem that is causing the concern - this could be a foreign body, chemical contamination, contamination with food poisoning bacteria, or defective packaging

Recent Food Alerts, product withdrawals and recalls are listed on the Food Standards Agency website. You can also register to receive notifications of new withdrawals, recalls or food alerts on the Food Standards Agency website.

Visit the Food Standards Agency website (link opens in a new window)

Contact us

Food Safety Section
Environmental Health
Hull City Council
33 Witham

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 518

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