FSA research points towards increased food regulation

A consumer-backed hope that Government and regulators will play a “more visible role in the future of food” is one of the key findings to emerge from new research commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The FSA report, titled Our Food Future, also shows consumers voicing concern that access to healthy and nutritious food could become a luxury as pricing prompts people to buy cheaper, processed food.

The report was launched to coincide with a summit being held in London today in which 200 “leading experts” are discussing the impact of current changes to global food systems and what can be done to achieve the best outcome for people in the UK.

“The food supply chain is increasingly complex and already under pressure from a growing world population,” said FSA’s director of policy, Steve Wearne. “It’s the FSA’s role to understand how this affects the interests of consumers and engage with people about how the food system should be shaped for the future.

“We are committed to open policy making and are keen to invite input from everyone with a stake in the food system. We want to identify and solve problems to deliver the best food future for us all.”

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