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STRONG WELSH VOICES ON FOOD AGENCY

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Welsh secretary Ron Davies has announced that Wales will play an important part in the new Food Standards Agency. T...
Welsh secretary Ron Davies has announced that Wales will play an important part in the new Food Standards Agency. The Western Mail (p5) reports that Wales will have a strong voice on the agency, which will include independent advisory committees for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Davies is quoted:

'It has long been clear that there is a need to reform the government's arrangements for handling food standards issues. The proposals for the agency represent a radical approach to the handling of these issues and one which places public health as a clear priority. The interests of Wales will be fully covered under the proposals we are advancing.

'The agency itself will be overseen by a commission consisting of a chairman and no more than 12 members, including one member with special responsibility for Wales. An independent advisory committee will also be formed to advise the commission of Welsh interests, and will provide a link between the FSA and the National Assembly for Wales.'
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