01 April 1999
MPs criticise plans to fund food agency

MPs have condemned plans by the government to fund the new Food Standards Agency by taxing half a million food retailers.

Agriculture Minister Nick Brown outlined in January the governments plans to raise a £90 a year flat-rate levy on all premises selling food.

But the MPs say in a report that the flat-rate levy is “contrary to natural justice” and have urged the government to implement a graduated system.