FSA reiterates food safety promises

By Aidan Fortune contact

- Last updated on GMT

The Food Standards Agency has pledged to keep food safety standards as they are once the UK leaves the EU
The Food Standards Agency has pledged to keep food safety standards as they are once the UK leaves the EU
The chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has pledged to keep food safety standards following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Speaking at the most recent FSA Board Meeting, Heather Hancock said the body has “made the necessary preparations for maintaining protection for public health and consumers’ wider interests in food”​.

During the meeting, Hancock said: “Public trust in food is vital and transparency drives trust. After we leave the EU, the public will continue to know what decisions we are taking and what our recommendations are. They will see the science and evidence base and have confidence that the FSA will continue to put the consumer first, so that we all have safe food, and food we can trust.”

The principles, set out by the FSA 18 months ago were also reiterated. They are: to ensure public health is protected as effectively as it is today; maintain public confidence in the regulatory regime, including protecting the FSA’s reputation for openness and independence; minimise disruption for consumers and industry and give consumers as unified a regulatory system as possible across the UK

She added that the regulatory regime, designed by the department for life outside the EU, will “set the global standard for operating with openness and transparency​”. 

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