Sir John informed the Agency’s Board of his resignation at its meeting yesterday but he will remain in the post of FSA Chair until April 2005.
It has also been announced that he will be taking up the post of principal at Jesus College Oxford in October 2005.
Commenting on the resignation, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said: “I would like to pay tribute to John Krebs. He established the Food Standards Agency in the wake of the food crises that cogged this country through the 1990s.
“He has been robust in ensuring that the Agency bases its advice on sound science and in ensuring that it promotes the interests of consumers.”
The Prime Minister also mentioned that as a result of the work carried out by the FSA, trust and public confidence in food safety has increased in the UK.