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Changes May Be In Store For U.K.’s Food Standards Agency

July 12, 2010: 01:00 AM EST
Newly installed British Health Secretary Andrew Lansley denied rumors that he planned to abolish the Food Standards Agency (FSA), but acknowledged that a review is being conducted and it’s possible some of the FSA’s responsibilities could be shifted to other departments. "Before the election I made perfectly clear that in my view the diet and nutrition responsibilities of the Food Standards Agency should form part of a more integrated public health service," Lansley said. Labor party officials have said they believe the food industry is pushing for major changes at FSA because of its advocacy of so-called “traffic light” labeling on food products. The red-amber-green labels would warn consumers about salt, sugar and fat content. Lansley has said FSA’s advocacy of traffic-light labeling as an anti-obesity measure is counter-productive.
Stefan Wermuth, "Government denies it will abolish food watchdog", Reuters, UK, July 12, 2010, © Thomson Reuters
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