Food we can trust

Last updated:
22 February 2016
Food we can trust
We are the Food Standards Agency, an independent Government department. It’s our job to use our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. Our work touches everyone in the country. We all eat. Here you can find out more about the strategic approaches that underpin our work.

The FSA Strategy and Strategic Plan 2015-2020

The FSA Strategy 2015 -20 reinvigorates our pledge to put consumers first in everything we do, so that food is safe and what it says it is, that we have access to an affordable healthy diet, and can make informed choices about what we eat, now and in the future.

It recognises that there are growing challenges around food safety, affordability, security and sustainability – and makes clear our purpose and responsibilities, and the roles and responsibilities of others, in meeting these.

The supporting FSA Strategic Plan 2015-20 sets out our proposed approaches and outlines a number of key initiatives to take forward in Years 1 and 2, to make sure we deliver on the priorities in the Strategy 2015-20 and achieve our strategic outcomes to ensure that consumers are consistently protected, informed and empowered.

These approaches include:

  • using science, evidence and information both to tackle the challenges of today, and to identify and contribute to addressing emerging risks for the future
  • using legislative and non-legislative tools highly effectively to protect consumer interests and deliver consumer benefits – influencing business behaviour in the interests of consumers
  • being genuinely open and engaging, finding ways to empower consumers both in our policy making and delivery, and in their relationship with the food industry

Developing the Strategy and Strategic Plan 2015-20

In developing both the Strategy and the Strategic Plan we reviewed and considered a large amount of evidence on a wide range of factors that are likely to have an impact on our operating environment up to 2020 and beyond. These included social, environmental, economic and technological factors and the analysis of these provided the platform on which we have built our high level priorities and key themes for 2015-20.

Throughout the development we engaged with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders and consumers and sought their views and comments to inform this work. Our stakeholder engagement included consumers, consumer organisations, academia and the scientific community, industry representatives, trade bodies, local authorities, other Government departments, non governmental organisations and colleagues across the FSA.

Further information and the findings from the consumer engagement and research we carried out to inform the development of the strategy 2015-20 can be found below.

Science, Evidence and Information Strategy 2015-2020 Delivery Plan

The FSA's Science, Evidence and Information Strategy 2015-20 Delivery Plan sets out how we will use science, evidence and information to deliver food we can trust.  The delivery plan can be found at the link below.

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