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Written Answers — House of Lords: Aspartame (24 October 2014)

Earl Howe: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advise that the paper is still in the peer-review process. Publication in a scientific journal is expected and is the preferable route as it makes the data more readily available to the scientific community. Once this happens the FSA will publish the final report on foodbase, the FSA’s open access repository.

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 October 2014)

Gregg McClymont: ...FCA? It strikes me that the FCA and its predecessor, the Financial Services Authority, were and are focused on banks and financial services. Certainly my sense is that, in the past at least, the FSA was much less focused on pensions than on those other important areas. Can we be confident that the FCA has sufficient capacity and expertise in pensions to do the job it has been asked to do?...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Slaughterhouses (16 October 2014)

George Eustice: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is due to complete a review into its monitoring and reporting of breaches of welfare legislation by the end of October. Previously, only major and critical breaches were recorded, along with the actions taken to correct these. The FSA review is now also looking to strengthen recording of minor breaches. These minor breaches include where back-up stunning...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Fraud (15 October 2014)

George Eustice: In 2010, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) had 12 full time staff working in its Food Standards and Authenticity branch, which included food composition and standards as well as authenticity. In the years 2008-2010, the FSA had between 3.5 and 4 staff members working solely on its Food Authenticity Research Programme, although other areas of authenticity-related policy work were carried out...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014)

Alistair Burt: ...Syrian Army spokesman just this afternoon, and he reminded us: “We are the west’s partners—we share the west’s values and are protecting our children from terrorism just as you want to protect yours. We are paying in blood for the values of freedom, dignity and justice.” The FSA is already fighting ISIS on the ground, just as the Kurds are. What is the...

Written Answers — Health: Food: Crime (9 September 2014)

Jane Ellison: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises that the Food Crime Unit is likely to include seconded police officers and other experts, as appropriate. The exact mix of background and skills has not been finalised. In addition to officers working within the Unit, the FSA will continue to work with an extensive network of law enforcement partners (including the police and Local Authorities) to...

Written Answers — Health: Food: Crime (9 September 2014)

Jane Ellison: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises that the set up and operating costs will be resourced from the FSA's operating budget. The FSA has committed to a review of likely future needs after two years. The Elliott report estimates that the Food Crime Unit will cost between 2-4 million per year. It is too early to predict exact costs at this stage.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Crime (9 September 2014)

George Eustice: Professor Elliott estimates that the Food Crime Unit will cost between 2 million and 4 million per year. The costs of a unit this size will be met within the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) existing budgets, however it is too early to predict exact figures. No other budgets within the FSA will be cut and their core remit will remain food safety and consumer protection. Instead...

Business of the House (10 September): Backbench Business — Food Fraud (8 September 2014) See 15 other results from this debate

George Eustice: ...at next and where we think there might be additional problems. This is an area that we highlighted very early on. That is why we have been developing testing in the area. At the end of last year, the FSA set up a new intelligence hub to collect, analyse and share information on emerging risks. We have also taken action to empower consumers to understand where their food comes from. That...

Written Answers — Health: Poultry Meat: Northern Ireland (3 September 2014)

Jane Ellison: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for meat hygiene official controls in poultry abattoirs across the United Kingdom (UK). The FSA advises there are six poultry abattoirs in Northern Ireland. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Veterinary Service (DARD VS) delivers meat hygiene official controls in poultry abattoirs on behalf of the FSA in Northern Ireland. DARD VS...

Written Answers — Attorney-General: Prosecutions (3 September 2014)

Robert Buckland: ...EA”): EA is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by DEFRA. Established in 1996 by the Environment Act 1995, it investigates and prosecutes environmental offences contained in both primary and secondary legislation. Food Standards Agency (“FSA”): Established by the Food Standards Act 1999, the FSA is a non-ministerial government department with the objective...

Written Answers — Health: Food: Hygiene (1 September 2014)

Jane Ellison: The information requested is not held centrally. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that local authorities routinely issue press releases with details of the prosecutions that they take. Local authorities also provide details of the number of United Kingdom establishments prosecuted as part of their annual monitoring returns to the FSA. Based on these returns, 271 establishments in...

Written Answers — Health: Horse Meat (1 September 2014)

Jane Ellison: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) continues to develop its capability in relation to food fraud, in response to recommendations made in the reviews of the horsemeat incident, working closely with other Government Departments, enforcement agencies, local authorities and industry to detect and deter food fraud. The FSA is building an intelligence gathering network to increase the opportunity to...

Pensions Advice — Question (23 July 2014)

Lord Newby: My Lords, this is why we have set up a new framework for regulation and why we established the Financial Conduct Authority. We have given the authority much greater powers than the FSA had to deal explicitly with these problems. We have to be sure that the new products which are coming forward meet the standards that the noble Baroness wishes to see. The FCA is tasked with that job and is...

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Second Reading (16 July 2014)

Lord Blencathra: ...enormous discredit to the main argument. I know that they cannot get access to intercepted communications data and that they are more limited in what they can get access to, but they get some form of access. Let us restrict the new RIPA powers to the police, the security services, the FSA, the NCA, HMRC and the United Kingdom Border Agency—the big players. If we do that, we will go a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Food Safety (Local Authorities) (15 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jane Ellison: ...and industry to protect food integrity. Professor Elliott said that we have one of the safest systems in the world but there is always more we can do to work more closely together. I know that the FSA is working more closely with local authorities and that Public Health England has begun to have constructive discussions around the issues. But we will obviously respond in more detail when...

Industrial Strategy: British Business Bank — Question for Short Debate (8 July 2014)

Lord Wrigglesworth: ...to regulate our banks we are going to kill the goose that has laid the golden egg in recent years. That is not to say that things have not to be done; but there are over a million paragraphs of regulation in the FSA rulebook. When the Bank of England was given statutory responsibility over bank supervision in 1979, fewer than 80 people were engaged in the supervision of financial firms....

Deregulation Bill: Second Reading (7 July 2014)

Lord Rooker: ...we regulated on the basis of risk, not size. However, we had no problem embracing a growth duty, simply because the meat industry cannot export to Russia and China, for example, where requirements on abattoirs are greater than in the EU, unless the FSA has regulated and can sign off those businesses. We encouraged growth because we ensured those businesses conformed to the rules and...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Bureaucracy (30 June 2014)

George Eustice: ...data by 20% by March 2016. As published in April 2014 in the Independent Farming Regulation Task Force report, incorporating earned recognition into dairy hygiene inspections has reduced the number of FSA inspections taking place on dairy farms by over 8,000 per year. 14 out of 31 on-farm inspection regimes incorporate an element of earned recognition and, overall, we are removing 13...

Written Answers — Health: Food: Charitable Donations (23 June 2014)

Jane Ellison: We are advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that consideration was given to whether an exemption from European Union food safety law was available in respect of donations of food for charitable purposes in 2012. The FSA's view at that time was that no exemption is available and as the FSA's advice has not changed it does not consider that any further assessment of the issue is...

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