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Food standards bill published tomorrow

26 January 1999
Food standards bill published tomorrow

GOVERNMENT ministers are making last-minute adjustments to the draft bill for the new Food Standards Agency which will be published tomorrow …more…
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Food standards bill published tomorrow

26 January 1999
Food standards bill published tomorrow

GOVERNMENT ministers are making last-minute adjustments to the draft bill for the new Food Standards Agency which will be published tomorrow (Wednesday).

The bill will include wide-ranging powers to protect food standards throughout the entire food chain from the farm-gate to the consumer.

The final adjustments are being made in a bid to ensure public concern is allayed about food safety and conflicts of interest between government departments.

But there is still widespread criticism about government plans to make retailers and caterers pay the £30 million cost of setting up the agency.

Farmers, retailers and consumer groups all want the government to meet the start-up cost from the public purse so the agency is completely independent.

The fine-tuned details of proposals to fund the agency will not be known until tomorrow afternoon, a government insider said tonight.

The draft bill will be launched in London by Agriculture Minister Nick Brown and Health Secretary Frank Dobson.

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