FSA to gain greater public awareness: the Food Standards Agency lacks bite in the way it communicates food safety messages to the public, according to MPs.

A report published by MPs said: "Despite the importance of its work, the agency remains largely unknown to the public as a primary source of information and advice about food."

Relations between the food watchdog and government departments "lacked clarity", the committee of MPs added.

The FSA admitted in a statement: "Although public awareness of the agency is now at 76% and public trust in the FSA has increased, we recognise that there is a lot more we can do and we will draw on the report as we develop our work."