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Health fears over scrapping of food agency

Published on 13/07/2010
The government's decision to scrap food industry watchdog the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has sparked criticism from a leading health charity.

Although no official announcement has yet been made, it has been reported that health secretary Andrew Lansley is planning to abolish the agency as part of spending cutbacks.

However, charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke has warned that if the plans go ahead, it could be disastrous for the nation's health.

Speaking to the BBC, the charity's chief executive, Andrew Dougal said that scrapping the FSA could undo all the progress that has so far been made in increasing food labelling and reducing the amount of sugar and salt in processed food.

"Without the Food Standards Agency and a truly independent healthy eating campaign, the pressure on the food firms to do the right thing will simply disappear," Mr Dougal told the news provider.

"If the government thinks the food manufacturers will put the health of children before their own profits, it's either in the pocket of the industry or naive beyond belief".

In 2008, a government-commissioned report found that poor diet is responsible for 70,000 deaths in Britain every year.
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