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Food Labelling & Composition

 

Food Labelling                             

Food Alerts and Warnings                

 

Trading Standards and your food

There are well over a 1000 food premises in Bedford, and every year we test numerous food samples.  We check that permitted additives are declared and present only in permitted quantities and that labelling information is accurate.  In addition, we have to ensure that legal minimum standards (for example the amount of meat in sausages, burgers and pies) are complied with, and that illegal substitution does not occur.  We also check that food is not sold after its "use-by" date.

 

Food hygiene issues (for example, food poisoning, foreign bodies in food or dirty premises) are dealt with by Environmental Health Officers.

 

 

Food Labelling

It is an offence to falsely describe, advertise or present food and we help enforce the laws that protect consumers against dishonest labelling and mis-description by test purchasing and monitoring goods available throughout the Bedford Borough Council area. Further information is available by contacting us.

 

What is required on packaging?

  • name of the food
  • list of Ingredients
  • storage Instructions
  • best before/use by
  • name and address
  • nutritional information
  • quantity
  • quantitative ingredients declarations (QUID)

 

There are certain special requirements if the product:

  • has any "special claims" (e.g., "Rich in Vitamins");
  • is alcoholic;
  • is genetically modified;
  • is organic;
  • may trigger certain food allergies.

 

For more information food labelling, visit the Food Standards Agency (new window)

 

Food alerts and warnings

Food Hazard Warnings (FHWs) are issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to let local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food and, in some cases, provide details of specific action to be taken. You can view current alerts (or search for past warnings) on the FSA's website. (new window)

Where foods have been withdrawn or recalled because there is a food allergy risk (for example allergy labelling is missing or incorrect) these foods are listed on the Food Standards Agency's website as an allergy alert.

The Food Standards Agency also carries out a range of work to make sure food is safe to eat, including funding research on chemical, microbiological and radiological safety, as well as food hygiene and allergy.

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