Food Standards Agency

20 June 1997

The machinery for assuring the safety of food is a matter of obvious importance. The machinery must be effective, and it must command public confidence. Recent events have made clear that the current machinery is failing on both counts. The Society therefore welcomes the prompt action of the new Government in publishing proposals for an overhaul of the machinery and comments on the remit and constitution of the proposed agency. It also comments on accountability and independence, funding, research, and culture.