FSA breaks new ground with podcasts of meetings

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has become the first government agency to podcast its board meetings.

Stakeholders, the media and the public will be able to download and listen to discussions from the FSA's eight annual board meetings. Topics include the latest policy on avian flu, GM crops, labelling and nutrition.

Threepipe Communications is handling comms for the pilot scheme, with internet content provider FlyOnTheWall facilitating the project.
FlyOnTheWall's technology allows the podcasts to be chaptered, allowing consumers to select summaries if desired. FlyOnTheWall CEO Jason Gleave said: 'It's a toe in the water for the FSA to build up a subscriber base and develop a relationship with the audience.'

The move is the latest in the FSA's efforts for greater transparency. Set up in 2000 to protect public health and interests in relation to food, the FSA has webcast meetings since 2002. It introduced on-demand video to food.gov.uk last year.

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