FSA PR team figures need clarification

Stephen Humphreys Head of external affairs, Food Standards Agency

Sir; The FSA's PR team is actually made up of eight press officers and two assistants ('Humphreys new lobbying role takes the FSA PR team to 45', The Grocer, 7 July, p16). And the communications team of 45 has a much wider function than PR. It produces the Agency's websites and publications, devises public health campaigns, conducts research as well as internal communications, public affairs and administration. Your figure on the FSA's annual budget is also incorrect. The Agency's true budget is £143m, rather than your much-inflated estimate of £750m. Unlike companies such as Tesco and Cadbury, used in the comparison, the FSA is set up to protect and communicate with consumers, industry and local authorities.