About feeds

What feeds are

News feeds are a handy way to keep up to date with new content on your favourite websites. You set them up once, and they automatically and regularly check for updates.

You can then read the latest stories in one place, without having to visit each website and look through them yourself.

A feed is just another kind of web page, one designed to be read by computers rather than people.

You can recognise feeds by the orange RSS icon below.

RSS icon

How to start using feeds

  1. Choose a reader
  2. Choose your content

1. Choose a reader

A reader is a piece of software that checks the feeds and collects new articles that have been added. There are 2 main types. Some you access using a web browser, and some you download to your computer.

Browser-based readers let you read your feed subscriptions from any computer. Downloadable readers store feeds on your main computer. It’s like managing your email. You can either keep your email on a web-based service like Gmail, or download it into an email programme like Outlook.

How do you find them? Just google Atom reader. Atom is the feed format used on this website.

2. Choose your content

Once you have chosen a reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive.

For example, you might want to get the latest food recalls. To subscribe to this feed:

  1. Click the ‘Latest recalls’ orange button at the top of this page. This will take you to the recalls feed page. If you are using an older browser, it may display in code, but your reader will translate it for you.
  2. Copy and paste the URL of this page into your reader.

Using MPI feeds on your site

If you run your own website, you can display the latest headlines from other websites on your own site using feeds.

We encourage the use of MPI feeds as part of a website. You do need to use the proper format and attribution. The attribution text should be one of the following:

  • MPI Consumer updates
  • MPI Latest recalls
  • MPI Media releases.

You cannot use any MPI logo or other MPI trademark.

We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of MPI feed content and MPI does not accept any liability for its feeds.