U.K. Food Standards Agency set to be abolished
July 12, 2010
by Eric Schroeder
LONDON — The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency, which was founded in 2000 after a number of high profile outbreaks and deaths from foodborne illnesses, is set to be abolished, according to several media outlets in the United Kingdom.
The F.S.A.’s nutrition and diet responsibilities are expected to be turned over to the Department of Health while its food safety duties are expected to be transferred to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The F.S.A., which employs 2,000, has come under fire recently from the U.K. food industry for its promotion of a “traffic light” warning system for food labeling. The European Parliament in June rejected the mandatory use of traffic light food labeling on products.