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FOOD AGENCY - A NEW DAWN FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION - CIEH

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The government's White Paper on the Food Standards Agency represents a new dawn for consumer protection according t...
The government's White Paper on the Food Standards Agency represents a new dawn for consumer protection according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), whose members are the main regulators of food safety.

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'.

The CIEH will respond more fully to the details of the White Paper during the nine week consultation period.
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