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How to get the most from the Food Standards Agency website including advice on browser settings and information on accessibility standards.

Screen settings

The site is designed to be clear and easy to read. For best results set your to a screen resolution of 800x600 pixels.


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

File formats and plugins

Some information on the site has been enhanced using plugins (add-ons to your web browser that enable users to view non-standard HTML files). Your browser should warn you if you need to download a plugin, and point itself at an appropriate download site.

This site utilises files of the following file types:

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)

HTML is the basic file format used on the Internet, this page is in HTML format. It is our policy to make as much information as possible available in this format. Sometimes data may be made available in the following alternative formats.

PDF (Portable Document format)

PDF files are fully printable documents and are used for downloading and printing large documents from the site. To read them you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available free of charge.

Download Acrobat Reader Software.
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The Adobe site provides information on using accessible PDF features.
Using accessible PDF documents with Adobe Reader 7.0: a guide for people with disabilities

If you have problems opening .pdf documents within your web browser, you can download the files to your own computer.

If you wish to download the file please follow this procedure;

  • place your cursor over the link
  • click the right hand button of your mouse (PC only)
  • select "save target as" from the drop down menu
  • choose a location on your computer to save the file
  • Click the "save" button

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


A version of each page specially formatted for printing can be access by selecting 'Printer friendly' from the toolbar at the bottom of the page.