The FSA has mainly stepped up to the challenge raising standards of food safety, driving down the amount of salt in our food and improving the amount of information available to consumers.
Its apparent u-turn on front-of-pack food labelling, however, undermines some of its progress in reducing barriers to healthier eating. To reject its own evidence that shows a combination of traffic lights, GDAs, and the words high, medium and low, works best for shoppers is nonsensical. It has effectively given the green light to companies to use different schemes.
In coming years the FSA will face new challenges, such as GM and nano foods. Whatever it does, it must uphold its founding objective and ensure consumers are at the heart of its work.
Peter Vicary-Smith, chief executive, Which?