The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its updated strategy to 2015: Safer food for the nation.
The strategy sets out six outcomes that the FSA will work towards in a bid to ensure that food is safe and that consumers can continue to have trust and confidence in the food they buy and eat.
These outcomes reflect the work of the Agency at all stages of the food supply – from when food enters the UK to when it is sold by retailers and caterers.
When the strategy was first published, in December 2009, FSA made a commitment to review it annually to make sure it continues to protect public health.
This is the first update of the strategy and it has been revised to reflect recent changes to the remit of the FSA, new information on allergens and, following the merger with the Meat Hygiene Service, a more extensive enforcement role for the FSA.
Core principles include:
- putting the consumer first
- openness and transparency
- science and evidence-based
- acting independently
- enforcing food law fairly
To support the delivery of the updated strategy, the FSA is publishing its updated Science and Evidence Strategy 2010–2015, which sets out how it will use science and evidence to meet the challenges of delivering safer food for the nation.
The Science and Evidence Strategy reiterates the Agency’s commitment to using the best available science and evidence in an open and transparent manner.
FSA says it will continue to be guided by independent scientific advice, and will launch new research partnerships to further its understanding as it seek to manage risk to ensure food safety.
FSA chair Jeff Rooker said:
“The Food Standards Agency exists to ensure that consumers across the UK can continue to have confidence in the food they buy and eat.
“We will work with all governments and partners across the UK to deliver our strategic outcome of safer food for the nation.”