3 April 2000
Food Standards Agency starts work

by FWi staff

THE Food Standards Agency, which will advise the government on matters of food safety, is officially launched in London today (Monday).

The agency is being chaired by Professor Sir John Krebs, who has pledged to keep the interests of consumers at the heart of all the agencys decisions.

Prof Krebs is likely to use the launch to promise a clear commitment to serve the best interests of the public and operate in an open and independent way.

However, he will add that the activities of the new agency will have to prove themselves to the consumers and other stake holders, including farmers.

Speaking to Farmers Weekly prior to the launch, an FSA spokesman said the agency would act by following three core values.

“It will put the consumer first, be open and accessible and be an independent voice,” he said.