Sometimes there will be a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold. Then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product).
The Food Standards Agency issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food.
If there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk, the Food Standards Agency will issue an Allergy Alert.
In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.
For all current and previous food alerts please visit the Food Standards Agency website.