FSA to be cut out

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Peter and Juliet Kindersley welcome the government’s decision to abolish The Food Standards Agency. The FSA has been criticised for being led by food industry lobbyists and pro-biotechnology policy.

Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, announced it last week. As part of the changes Lansley will reassign the FSA’s regulatory aspects – including safety and hygiene – to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, the organic food standard-bearer, said: “Many NGOs campaigning on food thought for a long time the food industry has an unhealthy degree of influence over the Department of Health so the great risk is the corporate vested interests of the food industry will have too strong an influence on future policy.”
The Observer (11 July, p.7)
The Guardian (12 July, pp.1 & 4)
The Independent (12 July, p.19)

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