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The Food Standards Agency: making a difference?

Flynn, Andrew, Carson, Lisa, Lee, Robert, Marsden, Terry Keith ORCID: and Thankappan, Samarthia 2004. The Food Standards Agency: making a difference? [Working Paper]. Working Paper Series, vol. 21. Cardiff: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society.

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The governance of food in Britain has been in a state of flux in recent years. For over a decade, from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s, the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) found itself mired in a series of food controversies. Eventually, partly overwhelmed by its inability to reassure consumers or the food industry on the safety of food in Britain the Ministry was replaced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). In this paper, we briefly review the background to the formation of the FSA and its formal role. We then describe how the creation of the FSA has changed the interrelationships between organisations and how these patterns have shifted the nature of food governance in Britain. To analyse the changing nature of food governance two models are outlined; one coercive and the other partnership based. An assessment of the extent to which the FSA works with one or other of these models is then made by exploring how key FSAs activities, especially its approach to enforcement, are shaping its relationships with other organisations and its policy outcomes. The paper draws heavily on material made available by the FSA through its website and a set of key person interviews with those with an interest along the whole food supply chain.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society
ISBN: 1904393470
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:47

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