New FSA chair seeks “strengthening” of relationships with business

Heather Hancock has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) with effect from April 1, 2016.

Ms Hancock (pictured above), who will replace current FSA Chair, Tim Bennett, has been the agency’s deputy chair for the past six months, having taken that role in preparation for moving into the top post in due course.

“The FSA is at a pivotal moment; looking to transform the way it delivers its regulatory role to meet consumers’ expectations for safe and honest food,” she said in response to her confirmed promotion.

“This means new ways of operating, for the agency and for everyone else who is part of assuring our food chain.

“I will be focusing on strengthening our relationships with business, with an absolute commitment to pursuing those who wilfully and maliciously risk food safety and authenticity, and being an advocate for consumers, their food needs and food fears.”

The FSA chair role involves a time commitment of 2-3 days per week and is remunerated at a rate of £60,000 a year.

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