The Food Standards Agency has been urged to work more closely with the Department of Health on a healthy-eating policy.
The advice comes in an independent review of the agency’s first five years by Baroness Brenda Dean.
On the whole she gives the FSA a clean bill of health but recommends a number of ways of improving the operation.
Sir John Krebs, FSA chairman, has agreed to implement all recommendations.
In her foreword, Baroness Dean said: “For the majority of stakeholders, the FSA’s accomplishments have far outweighed the occasions on which its stance has attracted criticism. There is now the view that the agency needs to work hard to build on this.”
She said it should work more closely with a wider range of stakeholder groups and cover the interests of a wider cross-section of consumers, including those on low incomes.
Jeanette Longfield of Sustain, which campaigns for sustainable food and farming, said: “Low-income consumers have been an issue since the FSA was born.”
The report acknowledged concerns that decisions had been biased towards GM bodies and against organic groups.