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U.K.’s GACS Approves Food Standards Agency’s Review Of Nutrient Content Of Foods

November 16, 2010: 08:57 AM EST

The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency-commissioned 2009 review of the nutrient content of organic and non-organic foods followed good practice at all stages, according to an assessment by the General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS), though the committee did offer some recommendations. The Soil Association and the Organic Trade Board had expressed concerns about the validity of the study and the nature of the Agency’s communications. But GACS said the research had solicited comments early in the process and had undergone extensive and rigorous peer review. GACS offered two recommendations to the FSA: establish an unambiguous policy on releasing supporting data not in the public domain; and be sure all interested parties are informed ahead of time when results might be published at very short notice.

"Independent assessment of Agency-funded review of organic food", FSA, November 16, 2010, © FSA
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