Where possible, the underpinning data from science and evidence gathering projects commissioned by the Agency should be made freely available in an accessible format that allows the widest availability for generating added value and enabling re-use.
The UK Government has introduced a series of commitments for delivering sustainable operations for Government departments to achieve. The Food Standards Agency strives to meet the Greening Government commitments, and we are committed to being open and transparent about how well we are doing.
The Food Standards Agency is committed to providing equality of opportunity and eliminating all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying. It is committed to promoting a good and harmonious working environment in which everyone is treated with respect and will not tolerate discrimination, bullying and harassment of any kind.
The Annual Appointments Report includes details of the people appointed to the seven advisory committees for which FSA is responsible. It also includes diversity levels and progress against diversity targets.
The FSA's Welsh Language Scheme describes which services we provide in Welsh and how and when these services will be provided. Our policy reflects the requirements of the Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Welsh Language Measure 2011.
Whether you are a consumer or business, the Food Standards Agency is committed to providing you with a helpful, courteous and efficient service. Our standards set out the level of service you can expect from us.
Our approach to consultation is explained in this policy statement, which aims to inform you and other stakeholders about how we seek and take into account views when we make legislation, guidance and policy decisions.
Your business has the right to make an appeal against a local authority decision if you don't agree with action taken by a local authority inspector. Read about what to expect from a local authority inspection and what you can do to help resolve an issue and decide whether you have grounds for making an appeal to the FSA Independent Business Appeals Panel.
Although more and more of us browse the web using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, the FSA doesn’t offer an app for looking up food hygiene ratings. Instead we provide open data and this is used by app developers and other third parties to provide apps and other services. Also, www.food.gov.uk/ratings is designed to be used on mobile devices.
As an independent, non-ministerial government department, the FSA brings its own prosecutions using powers under the Food Standards Act 1999. The FSA primarily prosecutes offences in connection with hygiene and TSE non-compliances in approved meat premises (slaughterhouses, abattoirs and cutting plants), egg production premises, and offences in relation to the sale of raw milk.