Heather Hancock, Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), has reaffirmed the Agency’s commitment to the “highest food safety standards” after the UK’s exit from the EU, as she recently released a statement to reassure consumers that food safety standards will not be reduced after Brexit.

Her comments were made at the FSA’s quarterly Board meeting in March 2019 during which the Board also reiterated the principles for EU Exit which they set 18 months ago. These were to:

  • ensure public health is protected as effectively as before

  • maintain public confidence in the regulatory regime, including protecting the FSA’s reputation for openness and independence

  • minimise disruption for consumers and industry

  • give consumers as unified a regulatory system as possible across the UK.

The FSA Board confirmed the FSA has made the necessary preparations for maintaining protection for public health and consumers’ wider interests in food.

Additionally, the Board said the regulatory regime, designed by the department for life outside the EU, will set the global standard for operating with openness and transparency.

Commenting on the issue, Heather Hancock said, “Public trust in food is vital and transparency drives trust. After we leave the EU, the public will continue to know what decisions we are taking and what our recommendations are. They will see the science and evidence base and have confidence that the FSA will continue to put the consumer first, so that we all have safe food, and food we can trust”.

Last reviewed 15 March 2019