FSA food incident summary highlights milk as top undeclared allergen

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has just published a summary of those food incidents, handled between January and March 2016, that led to an alert being issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw products from sale.

This quarterly list also includes information on investigations the FSA supported relating to potential widespread risks from food poisoning and harmful contamination.

Over the three month period, the FSA issued 49 food notices, of which 24 were allergy alerts, with the top undeclared allergen being milk. The FSA also supported twelve major investigations linked to possible risks of food poisoning and nine to do with physical contamination.

The information describes the overall details of the incident, the level of risk to consumers and what action the FSA, industry, and local authorities took.

Will Creswell, Head of Consumer Protection, said, 'We hope this retrospective look, covering food incidents from January to March 2016, will be useful to people who want to know more about the incidents we handle. These incidents aren’t live but the list provides all the important aspects of them in one place.'