Implementation of new guidance on food withdrawals and recalls proposed by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) could increase costs for food businesses by over £7,000, according to their estimates.

However, the FSA claims the guidance would assist businesses in complying with food law, as they launch a consultation to gain feedback from the industry to ensure that what is published will be beneficial to food companies in the event of a food safety incident.

The consultation, which runs for 4 weeks until 4 February, follows research in 2017 looking at food recall systems, which suggested that improvements were needed.

Freeths have produced commentary on risks of reputational damage for food businesses. Read it here.