The Food Standards Agency is readying itself for the impact of climate change, with the regulator kicking off a study into how global warming will affect food production.

The body’s chief scientist will oversee research into the likely impact of climate change on areas such as food-based diseases and the chemical contamination of food.

The study will be part of a wider plan called the Cross-Cutting Themes Programme that seeks to identify issues falling across the agency’s remit.

The FSA is now advertising for researchers to look into the issue.