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Food Standards Agency

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**History and Evolution**:
– Established in 2001 based on a report by Professor James.
– Statutory right to publish advice given to Ministers.
– Decisions made in open board meetings accessible to the public.
– Merged with Wine Standards Board in 2006.
– Merged with Meat Hygiene Service in April 2010.
– Contact details in 2019.
– Annual report for 2009-2010.
Wine Standards Board merger in 2006.
– Establishment of New Operations Group in 2010.
– Transfer of nutrition policy in 2010.
– Creation of new Scottish food standards body in 2012.

**Notable Events and Initiatives**:
– Discovered Sudan I in Worcester sauce in February 2005.
– Published Survey of benzene levels in soft drinks in March 2006.
– Imposed restrictions on sheep trade due to Chernobyl consequences.
– Pushed for stricter rules on TV advertising to children.
– Conducted a food poisoning awareness campaign in June 2002.
– Government food labelling changes in 2010.
– Post-Chernobyl monitoring and controls reports.
– Removal of Post-Chernobyl sheep controls in 2012.
– Dean Review in 2005.

**Recalls and Contamination**:
– Discovered Sudan I in Worcester sauce.
– Found benzene levels above WHO guidelines in soft drinks.
– Imposed restrictions on sheep trade due to Chernobyl.
– Mass product recall of over 400 products.
– Restrictions on advertising products with poor nutritional profiles.

**Children’s Advertising and Food Profiling**:
– Pushed for stricter rules on TV advertising.
– Devised a nutritional profiling system for food products.
– Introduced restrictions on advertising products with poor scores.
– Aimed to balance benefit and detriment in food products.
– Focused on foods high in salt, sugar, and fat.

**Food Safety Incidents and Hygiene Ratings**:
– 1996 Odwalla E. coli outbreak.
– 2006 North American E. coli outbreaks.
– ICA meat repackaging controversy.
– 2008 Canada listeriosis outbreak.
– 2008 Chinese milk scandal.
– Food hygiene ratings information.
– Simple certification of food hygiene ratings.
– Challenges in implementing hygiene ratings.
– Importance of food hygiene certifications.

The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is led by a board appointed to act in the public interest. Its headquarters are in London, with offices in York, Birmingham, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its counterpart in Scotland is Food Standards Scotland.

Food Standards Agency
Welsh: Asiantaeth Safonau Bwyd
Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed1 April 2000 (2000-04-01)
JurisdictionEngland, Wales and Northern Ireland
HeadquartersPetty France,
London, SW1
Annual budget£159.7 million (2009–2010)
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