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The Food Standards Agency notifies local authorities of issues with food through a national food alert system. There are 3 types of alerts which are explained below:
Food Alert For Action (FAFA) – this is the most serious type of alert and requires local authorities to take specific action to deal with unsafe food
Product Recall Information Notice (PRIN) – advises of a recall of particular food by a manufacturer or retailer, but where no specific action is required to be undertaken by the local authority
Allergy Alert – is issued by the FSA to advise of specific allergen risks with a particular food
Competent Authorities must have facilities to receive food alerts and updates from the FSA by an electronic mail system.
You can find the most recent Food Alerts listed on the Food Standards Agency's website at:
In addition you can subscribe to receive email updates and get the latest food and food allergy alerts directly from the Food Standards Agency.