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Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency is an agency of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food throughout the United Kingdom.

It was brought into existence in 2000, following a number of public health scares. It was felt that it was inappropriate to have one government department, the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, responsible for both the health of the farming and food processing industries, and for food safety.

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