UK: Government rows back on FSA scrap talk

By | 13 July 2010

FSA to be streamlined

FSA to be streamlined

The UK Government has said it still sees a role for the Food Standards Agency but has indicated that it will strip the agency of its responsibilities on nutrition.

Media reports at the weekend claimed that the Coalition Government is planning to scrap the food watchdog as part of plans to save money by cutting bureaucracy.

However, the Government said today today (13 July) that "there will continue to be a robust regulatory function delivered through the Food Standards Agency (FSA)".

The Department of Health said that it "recognises the important role" of the agency.

Rather than scrapping the body, it now appears more likely that the FSA will see its remit stripped back so that all elements of nutrition, from guideline daily intake to labelling, are handed to Government departments.

In a pre-election document, the Conservative Party, which dominates the coalition administration, said: "We will put parts of the Food Standards Agency which are responsible for the nutritional content of food and a slimmed down Health Protection Agency into the Department of Public Health so that public health strategies are consistent."
 
The Government intends to conduct a review of the FSA and other agencies in the coming months.

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