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Using this site

Screen settings
This site is designed to be clear and easy to read. For best results set your screen to a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.

The Food Standards Agency website should work on any computer running a mainstream browser from version 4 and above. This means, for example Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer. Contact the webmaster if you have any problems seeing the site with the browser you are using.

Click on 'Printer friendly' on the right-hand column to give you a version of each page that has been specially formatted for printing.

File formats and plug-ins

Some information on this site uses 'plug-ins'. These allow you to see non-standard files. Your browser should warn you if you need to download a plug-in, and show you where you can do this.

This site uses files of the following file types:

This stands for hypertext mark-up language and is the basic file format used on the Internet. This page is in html format. We aim to make as much information as possible available in this format. Sometimes data may be made available in the following alternative formats:

This stands for portable document format. pdf files are fully printable documents and are used for downloading and printing large documents. To read them you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free of charge.

Adobe has also produced a plug-in to allow users who are blind to read pdf documents. It is called Acrobat Access plug-in and can also be found on the Adobe website.

If you have problems opening pdf documents, you might find it easier to download the files to your computer. If you wish to download the file to your computer, please follow this procedure:

1. place your cursor over the link
2. click the right hand button of your mouse (PC only)
3. select 'save target as' from the drop-down menu
4. choose a location on your computer to save the file
5. click the 'save' button

You will now be able to open the document in Acrobat Reader on your own computer.

Macromedia Flash
This file format is used for some design elements of the site. You will need the Flash software, which is available free, to view these files.


We want this site to be accessible to all users. If you prefer a text-only version, simply select 'Text only' from the foot of the right hand column. If you are a visually impaired user with a screen reader, you should have been offered a text-only option when you first opened the site.

Adobe have produced a plug-in to allow users who are blind to read pdf documents. See Acrobat Access for more information.

Access keys are provided to help you if you have difficulty in using pointing devices such as a mouse or if you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts. You can see a list of access keys available on this site on the Access keys page.


Images are used under licence from various image disks, the copyright information is as follows:

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Hemera Photo-Objects. Copyright © 2004 Food Standards Agency and its licensors. All rights reserved.

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