Commenting on the White Paper, Michael Cooke, chief executive said 'Now consumer interests will be given their due emphasis in food policy. Food businesses, regulators of food safety and the Agency must work closely together to raise standards. If this happens it will be a new dawn for consumer protection.'
Commenting on the licensing system for food businesses proposed in the White Paper, Mr Cooke said, 'The public wants higher standards of food safety, the extra funds raised by the licensing system must be directed at local authority regulators. Only by investment in this service will standards of food safety improve. This is the challenge for the new food agency'.