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From an organisation that champions openness and transparency I completely back the principles of the Freedom of Information Act – public information should be made public. But I also believe that this should be done proactively and not with the threat of the law behind it.

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Food allergies have been my professional focus for many years now, although I’m fortunate not to suffer myself. And while we do a lot of research to help understand what it’s like to have a food allergy, there’s nothing better than firsthand experience. So with the launch of coeliac awareness week last week, a few of us in the office thought it would be a good idea to get involved and go gluten-free.

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If I was going to hazard a guess at which celebrities were familiar with the Food Standards Agency’s work, ‘drum’n’bass innovator’ Goldie wouldn’t be the first. But there it is in black and white, a little mention of the Agency in Goldie’s travel piece in the Sunday Times.

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Should we be concerned that a report of Public Attitudes to Science, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, found that almost half of the respondents didn’t think the benefits of science are greater than any harmful effect?

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