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Food: Safety

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities he has for food safety; what liaison his Department undertakes with the Food Standards Agency on matters of common interest; and if he will make a statement. (178355)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: DEFRA has no direct responsibility for forming policy on aspects of food safety, but has regular contact with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on this and a range of other issues. DEFRA and FSA relations are governed by their respective statutory functions and by a Concordat which sets out the general principles governing the DEFRA/FSA relationship and how issues should be handled to ensure effective working relationships with good communications in both directions. It is available from the DEFRA website:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/fsaconcd/concord.htm