The Food Standards Agency is to set up 'citizens' food forums', in a bid to engage with the public over issues such as obesity and food advertising.

The FSA said it planned to establish between eight and 12 forums in the UK. Each would meet three times a year and involve 10-15 members of the public.

"The aim is to strengthen our engagement with individual consumers," said a spokeswoman. "The forums will encourage the FSA to have a more meaningful dialogue with the public about food issues, and create a feel for the public mood by finding out about the kinds of comments the public want to make."