Food Standards Agency chair, Heather Hancock gave the key note speech at our Parliamentary Reception last night. In her address to an audience of parliamentarians and stakeholders she talked about how we are going to change the way food businesses are regulated in the future.
She said the FSA are going to: ‘Create a new blueprint. We will move away from a one size fits all approach, to tailored and proportionate regulation that reflects relative risk, reinforces accountability, and delivers more for public health.’
She added: ‘We will use robust industry data to help assure compliance and tackle public trust. We will recognise good practice and help everyone learn from it. We’ll make smarter and more comprehensive use of accreditation. And we’ll ensure costs are fair and properly allocated. By 2020, we will have a fresh regime that’s agile, flexible and powerful.’
Heather also praised the successful Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS): ‘We know consumers look at the ratings when they choose where to eat. That means businesses seek higher ratings, and that competitive element drives up levels of compliance. The system is simple, clear and effective.’