Food Alerts & Notices

Food Standards Scotland issues information about food alerts and notices in Scotland to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food.

We issue information about food alerts and notices in Scotland to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. As well as this, we work with the Food Standards Agency to publish information about UK-wide food alerts, allergy alerts, withdrawals and recalls on this website.

COVID-19

We have updated the ‘advice to consumers’ lines in our food alerts to reflect appropriate shopping habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to note that food safety alerts reflect the instructions of the food business undertaking the recall when it comes to how consumers can return products and get refunds, where applicable. The wording in these alerts is fact checked with the food business undertaking the recall as part of established procedures. Where consumers are asked to visit stores to return the product, we are currently asking food businesses to consider how consumers shop during COVID-19, and are advising consumers to try to secure a refund that does not require attending a store unnecessarily.

In light of changing consumer shopping behaviours during this pandemic, where more people are shopping online instead of visiting retail stores, we would like to also remind businesses of the importance of using a range of methods to communicate food recalls to consumers. Where online sales or advertising of the products occur, the point of sale notice (POS) should also be displayed on the website.

Types of alerts we issue

Product Recall Information Notice (PRIN)

Product Recall Information Notice (PRIN) is issued where a solution to the problem has been put in place – the product has been, or is being, recalled from consumers.

Allergy alerts (AA)

Allergy Alerts are issued when the allergy information on food labels is missing, incorrect. When issues are identified in relation to allergen information, the affected foods will need to be recalled from sale. When this happens, FSS will take action and issue an allergy alert to inform consumers via our website, text and e-mail alerts service and notices displayed in stores.

Food Alert for Action

A Food Alert for Action (FAFA) is issued where intervention by enforcement authorities is required. These notices and alerts are often issued in conjunction with a product withdrawal or recall.

View all news and alerts

Email and text alerts

We offer an email and text alert service to notify conumers when products have been recalled. This service is completely free of charge.

More on this topic

Description of image
Description of image

Related

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Food

Information in relation to food

Description of image

Related

News & Alerts

Food Standards Scotland’s news and food alerts, including product recalls and allergy alerts. 

Arrow_Dropdown Created with Sketch. Arrow_leftArrow_Right Icon_AlchoholIcon_Alchohol_RoundalIcon_AppleIcon_Apple_RoundalIcon_BacteriaIcon_Bacteria_Roundal calorie-outlined Created with Sketch. Icon_CardActivityIcon_CardActivity_RoundalIcon_CarrotIcon_Carrot_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Celery Created with Sketch. Icon_CertificateIcon_Certificate_RoundalIcon_CheeseIcon_Cheese_RoundalIcon_ChocolateIcon_Chocolate_RoundalIcon_ClipboardIcon_Clipboard_Roundal Icon_CloseIcon_CowIcon_Cow_Roundal Shape Created with Sketch. Icon/roundal/Allergen/Crustaceans Created with Sketch. Icon_CursorIcon_Cursor_RoundalIcon_DeerIcon_Deer_RoundalIcon_download Icon/roundal/Allergen/Eggs Created with Sketch. Icon_Facebook_RoundalIcon-FeaturedIcon_Fish Icon/roundal/Allergen/Fish Created with Sketch. Icon_Fish_RoundalIcon_FizzyJuiceIcon_FizzyJuice_RoundalIcon_ForkIcon_Fork_RoundalIcon_FridgeIcon_Fridge_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Wheat Created with Sketch. Icon_GrainIcon_GrainNoIcon_GrainNo_RoundalIcon_Grain_RoundalIcon_GraphIcon_GraphResourceIcon_Graph_RoundalIcon_HandIcon_Hand_RoundalIcon_HeartIcon_Heart_RoundalIcon_InfoIcon_Info_Roundal instagram Icon_LambIcon_Lamb_RoundalIcon_LetterIcon_Letter_RoundalIcon_LinkExternalIcon_LinkInternal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Lupin Created with Sketch. Icon_MagnifyingGlassIcon_MagnifyingGlass_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Milk Created with Sketch. Icon/roundal/Allergen/Molluscs Created with Sketch. Icon/roundal/Allergen/Mustrard Created with Sketch. Icon_NewIcon_NewsIcon_News_RoundalIcon_OilIcon_Oil_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Peanuts Created with Sketch. Icon_PeopleIcon_People_RoundalIcon_PersonIcon_Person_RoundalIcon_PhoneIcon_Phone_RoundalIcon_PigIcon_Pig_RoundalIcon_PlayIcon_PotatoesIcon_Potatoes_RoundalIcon_PrintIcon_Print_RoundalIcon_ResourceIcon_Resource_Roundal Group Created with Sketch. Icon_SaltIcon_Salt_RoundalIcon_SaveIcon_Save_RoundalIcon_ScotlandIcon_Scotland_RoundalIcon_Search Icon/roundal/Allergen/Sesame Seeds Created with Sketch. Icon_ShellfishIcon_Shellfish_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Soybeans Created with Sketch. Icon-SpiralIcon_SteakIcon_Steak_RoundalIcon_StopwatchIcon_Stopwatch_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Sulphur dioxide and sulphites Created with Sketch. Icon_TapWaterIcon_TapWater_RoundalIcon_TestTubeIcon_TestTube_RoundalIcon_ThumbsUpIcon_ThumbsUp_RoundalIcon_Tick Shape Created with Sketch. Icon_Tick_1Icon_Tick_Roundal Icon_TomatoIcon_Tomato_RoundalIcon_TractorIcon_Tractor_Roundal Icon/roundal/Allergen/Tree nuts Created with Sketch. Icon_TrollyIcon_Trolly_RoundalIcon_TurkeyIcon_TurkeyCookedIcon_TurkeyCooked_RoundalIcon_Turkey_Roundal Icon_Twitter_RoundalIcon_WarningIcon_Warning_Roundal Icon_Warning_Roundal_WithBG Icon_WaterDropIcon_WaterDrop_RoundalIcon_WineBottleIcon_WineBottle_RoundalIcon_WineGlassIcon_WineGlass_Roundal youtube Icon_snowflakeIcon_snowflake_RoundalLogo_FSS_Gaelic_WhiteLogo_FSS_WhitePagination_LeftArtboard 69