FSA Incidents Report 2009

MQM’s Midlands based consultant Paul Newman has looked into the Food Standards Agency ‘annual report of 2009’ – some interesting facts have emerged!

In 2009 the agency issued 91 alerts, of which 49 were allergen alerts.

In total the agency investigated over 1200 incidents including food contact packaging, pesticides and unauthorised ingredients. Download the full report here:-


It is a key requirement for food safety accreditation such as SALSA  and BRC Global Standards Global Standards for companies to have procedures in place for the management of incidents, product withdrawal and product recall. The management of allergens must also be addressed through risk assessment, taking into account the possibility of site allergen cross contamination, out of date supplier specifications,  incorrect labelling information and the potential incorrect use of the wrong label.

How do you ensure your food contact packaging is safe?

How do you avoid becoming of the 49 allergen alerts?

How do you find out about food safety issues?

Do you have an effective recall/withdrawal procedure in place and more importantly does it work?

Help is at hand as MQM Consulting have the experience to help you develop a system to help you ensure that if an incident happens you can confidently withdraw/recall the effected product.

MQM have recently opened a Birmingham office to serve the Midlands, North and beyond. This complements our South Eastern head quarters.

We specialise in Food safety systems such as BRC Global Standards Global Standards & SALSA, Supplier auditing, food hygiene training and Microbiology.

If you are looking for consultancy help, please use the contact form and a consultant will be in touch

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