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The Regulatory EnterpriseGovernment, Regulation, and Legitimacy$
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Tony Prosser

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579839.001.0001

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The Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency

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The Regulatory Enterprise

Tony Prosser

Oxford University Press

This chapter applies the arguments developed in Chapter 1 to the UK Food Standards Agency. It describes the background and history of the Agency, noting its development as a means of providing greater transparency and independence than was possible from a captured government department. The collaborative role of the Agency in working with other institutions is emphasized, and various mechanisms for structuring relations between different institutions are assessed, including those with central and local government. The role of the Agency as a consumer protection body is described, as is its role in promoting consumer choice, and promoting social solidarity through work on nutrition in conjunction with the Department of Health. Its procedures are discussed, with detailed examination of consultation on genetically-modified foods and promotion of consumer engagement.

Keywords:   regulation, food, consumers, nutrition, independence, social solidarity, procedures

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