Food Law News - UK - 2002

FSA Press Release (66/02), 12 September 2002

ADMINISTRATION - Food Standards Agency Scotland receives £4m confidence boost

The Food Standards Agency Scotland looks set to benefit from a major cash injection following today's announcement by the Finance Minister on the Executive's spending plans.

Scottish Ministers have reassured consumers that they remain committed to improving food safety and standards by increasing the Food Standards Agency Scotland's expenditure by over £4 million. The latest spending review means the budget for the Agency will rise from £5.5 million to £9.7million over the next three years.

The increase will allow the Agency to:

Welcoming the investment, Dr George Paterson, Director of the Food Standards Agency Scotland, said:

'Since opening our doors in April 2000 the Food Standards Agency has worked hard to deliver real improvements in food safety and standards for Scottish consumers and I am pleased that the Scottish Ministers have recognised our achievements by this significant reinvestment.

'The increased expenditure will enable the Agency to respond more effectively to the new pressures and challenges that lie ahead. It will enable us, in collaboration with the Scottish Executive, local authorities and other partners, to continue to protect the interests of Scottish consumers from farm to fork.'

Mary Mulligan, Minister for Health and Community Care said: 'It is very clear that the Food Standards Agency (Scotland) plays a key role in both informing and protecting consumers in Scotland. This additional investment will allow the agency to build on its past achievements.'

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