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A Healthier Scotland: Creating a New Food Body: Consultation Analysis, 21/08/13 [S]

The Scottish Government has published a report of the analysis of the written responces to the Scottish Government consulation on the role and remit of the proposed new food body.

Among the main findings were:

  • Most (63%) of those who provided a view considered that the scope of the new food body should extend beyond that of the current scope of the FSA in Scotland.
  • A common view was that the Scottish Government and the new food body should continue with the same working arrangements as currently operating between the Scottish Government and the FSA in relation to diet and nutrition.
  • The majority (70%) view was in favour of the new food body using the scientific advisory committees already in operation in order to access independent expert advice. A common perception was that expertise also exists in Scotland, for example in academic institutions and research bodies and the new food body should make links with relevant organisations.
  • There were mixed views on whether the new food body would require any further statutory powers in addition to those the FSA already possesses. Whilst local authorities featured prominently amongst the 45% of those advocating expanding the current statutory powers, industry representative bodies featured strongly amongst the 23% who disagreed, arguing instead for more effective application of existing powers.
  • There was much support and respect for the work previously undertaken by the FSA in engaging with consumers, with requests that this work be continued by the new food body.
  • There was widespread agreement that the new food body should retain independence from the Scottish Government, primarily in order to boost consumer confidence and trust in the body. There were mixed views, however, on the degree to which the new food body should remain independent from the food industry and on the nature of the relationship between them.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.


Further Information

A Healthier Scotland: Creating a New Food Body: Consultation Analysis