FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY
ICC works closely with the The Food Standards Agency (FSA).
The FSA is an independent food safety watchdog set up by
an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health
and consumer interests in relation to food.
What are the FSA's aims?
Between 2001 and 2006, the Agency's key aims are to:
Reduce foodborne illness by 20%
by improving food safety right through the food chain
Help people to eat more healthily
Ppromote honest and informative labelling
to help consumers
Promote best practice within the
Improve the enforcement of food law
Earn people's trust by what we do
and how we do it
How will it do that?
By working hard to ensure that we are the UK's most reliable
source of advice and information about food. The FSA's guiding
Putting the consumer first
Being open and accessible
Being an independent voice
How is the FSA independent?
Although the FSA is a Government agency, it works at 'arm's
length' from Government because it doesn't report to a specific
minister and is free to publish any advice it issues.
How is the FSA structured?
The Agency is led by a Board that has been appointed to
act in the public interest and not to represent particular
sectors. Board members have a wide range of relevant skills
and experience. Our UK headquarters are in London, but the
Agency also has national offices in Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland. The Meat Hygiene Service is an Executive
Agency of the Food Standards Agency.
Who is the FSA accountable to?
We're accountable to Parliament through Health Ministers,
and to the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland for its activities within their areas.