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The Food Standards Agency is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is led by a board appointed to act in the public interest. Its headquarters are in London, with offices in York, Birmingham, Wales and Northern Ireland. The agency had a national office in Scotland until the formation of Food Standards Scotland in April 2015.
In 2013 the Food Standards Agency was involved in a scandal which lead to thorough investigations and critiques as shown in this article from BBC.com,
"Horsemeat was first discovered in January in frozen burgers on sale in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and since then traces have been discovered in processed beef products and prepared meals across the EU. A number of supermarkets and food suppliers have withdrawn suspect products. In most cases it was said that there was no risk to public health; but fears were aroused that the veterinary painkiller phenylbutazone, known as bute, might enter the human food chain. The FSA requested that local authorities test minced beef products and ready meals sold at shops, wholesalers and catering suppliers for horse and pig DNA above a 1% threshold. In the wake of the scandal, critics accused the FSA of having a cozy relationship with food companies and downplaying risks to consumers, but the FSA said it was a science- and evidence-led organization which did not "do things lightly". Mary Creagh, Labour's environment spokesman, said the food regulatory system was "unfit for purpose".
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