Eat up our data!

The Food Standards Agency has always had an appetite for openness – as an independent
central government department with no specific minister, openness and transparency is in
our DNA.

We’re so excited to be part of this National Hack the Government event and have a platter
of digital delights to serve up this weekend!

We know from past events, the attendees are a very talented bunch and that’s why we need
their help. If you’re attending, we would love you and others to use our food data and mesh
it with other data to provide new services for UK citizens, businesses or others.
Can you think of an innovation around social media so users can share content based on
their user preferences at the local level? Some of our data is geo-coded or grouped by UK
local authority. We’re big on using social media for social good. Do let us know how you get
on @foodgov

UK food hygiene ratings data API (JSON and XML format)

For starters, this data provides the food hygiene rating or inspection result given to
restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places consumers eat, as well as
supermarkets and other food shops. The rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found
on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority.

Our updated API, which includes calls to the server, can be found at:

The original API and static XML files by local authority:

More about food hygiene ratings, and search facility for consumers:

Allergy alerts and food product withdrawals (RSS feed)

Food allergy alerts – peanuts, egg, milk, fish are some of the major allergens and when
allergy labelling is incorrect on a food product, or if there is another food allergy risk,
the food product has to be withdrawn or recalled to protect consumers. You can get our
updates at:

Food withdrawals/recalls – if there is a problem with a food product (contains pieces of
metal or a nasty food bug) then that means it should not be sold and might be ‘withdrawn’
(taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product). The
feed for these:

UK local authority enforcement data (CSV format)

If something goes wrong or the risks become too high, local authorities can take
enforcement action against a food business – closure, seizure of food, a simple caution, or
a prosecution, for example. Data showing food law enforcement action taken is available in
CSV format for the past three years, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.
Audit of meat establishments (CSV format)Some meaty data here! Slaughterhouses, cutting plants and game handling establishments

are audited by the FSA and the results are published online. These audits have two main

  • to make sure that food business operators are complying with food law requirements
  • to ensure that food business operators are meeting relevant standards in relation to public health and, in slaughterhouses, animal health and welfare

More information about meat establishment audits:

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