Government backs FSA as PRWeek research shows public support for watchdog

The Government has pledged to retain the Food Standards Agency, amid fears it would be scrapped under cost-saving reforms.

Confirmation FSA to remain: Andrew Lansley
Confirmation FSA to remain: Andrew Lansley

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has confirmed that while some responsibilities will be handed over to the Government, the agency will remain.

Research for PRWeek shows the public will welcome this decision, as exclusive figures showed more than 80 per cent of the general public opposed plans to axe the independent watchdog.

PRWeek/OnePoll’s latest Reputation Survey, carried out before the Government confirmed the FSA would remain, found 79 per cent of the 3,000 respondents did not trust the food industry to be properly regulated if the FSA was scrapped.

The survey also found the public considered McDonald's to be the most responsible manufacturer of foods high in fat, salt and sugar – but cereal company Kellogg’s was named as the least responsible manufacturer by 52 per cent of respondents.

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