Freedom of Information

Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) give any person legal rights of access to information that is held by a public authority.

The Food Standards Agency makes a large amount of information available. Our publication scheme document (see link below) will provide you with more details and help you to find information that has already been published by the FSA.

Before you make a Freedom of Information request, please also look at our Disclosure Log and information published in response to previous FOI/EIR requests (see links below), as the information you are seeking may already have been released.

If you cannot find details of the information you are looking for and want to make a request for information to the Agency, either contact our Helpline by email at or telephone 020 7276 8829, or use our Contact Us list to identify the correct person who deals with the subject you are interested in and obtain contact details.

Further guidance on how to make a valid Freedom of Information request is published on the Information Commissioner’s website.

Once the FSA receives a request for information, we will handle it as soon as is practicable, and in any event will respond within 20 working days of receiving the request.

Annual and quarterly statistics on the Agency’s handling of Freedom of Information requests are available on the Ministry of Justice website.

More in this section

  • Freedom of Information Act 2000 Publication Scheme

    The Food Standards Agency, along with every other public authority, has a legal duty under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 to adopt, maintain and keep under review a scheme for the publication of information that is approved by the Information Commissioner and to publish information in accordance with that scheme.

  • Information released under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations

    The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (2004 (EIRs) provide the general right of access to information held by public authorities.

  • Public Records Act: 20 year rule

    Under the Public Records Act 1958, government departments are required to identify records worthy of permanent preservation and transfer them to the National Archives. In January 2013, the mandated time period for transfer will reduce from 30 years to 20 years, with a 10 year transition period.