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Food Standards Agency - Government Department


Food Standards Agency - independent food safety watchdog


About the Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency is an independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food. They provide advice and information to the public and Government on food safety from farm to fork, nutrition and diet. They also protect consumers through effective food enforcement and monitoring.

What The Food Standards Agency Do:

As a Government department, independent regulator and consumer protection body, they use the best available evidence and work with:

  • Business from farm to fork to help them keep consumers safe
  • Local authorities and other food law enforcement bodies to help them take proportionate, timely and resolute action
  • Consumers to provide reliable and up to date information to help them make healthy choices about food

Food Standard Agency Values:

Everything they do reflects their vision of Safe food and healthy eating for all:

  • putting the consumer first
  • openness and independence
  • Science and evidence-based

Their principles in practice:

As an organisation, employer and as individuals we value:

  • Honesty, objectivity and integrity
  • Striving for continuous improvement, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Diversity, cooperation and respect