FSA to remain21st July 2010
The government has stated that the Food Standards Agency is not going to be eradicated, although it will undergo some changes.
There were fears that the FSA could be scrapped as part of a reform by the new coalition government.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said that some of the FSA's responsibilities would be taken on by other government departments.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will deal with food labelling, while the Department of Health will be responsible for nutrition policies.
The government stated that these changes would allow the FSA to concentrate on food safety issues.
Mr Lansley said that almost 100 staff roles would be re-organised in other government departments, with 2,000 jobs remaining at the FSA.
"It's absolutely crucial for the Food Standards Agency to continue providing independent expert advice to people about food safety. But bringing nutrition policy into the Department makes sense."
He added that in the longer-term the UK would end up with a "less bureaucratic system for public health".
Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: "It makes perfect sense to bring policy on food origin and associated labelling to Defra to sit with wider food policy. The government has made very clear its commitment to clear and honest labelling - particularly origin labelling."
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