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first_imgThe UK government has confirmed its intention to retain the Food Standards Agency (FSA), though a number of its former policy areas will become the responsibility of other government departments.This follows a report in The Guardian last week, which stated that the FSA was set to be abolished and its responsibilites divided up in Whitehall.These claims were downplayed at the time by government, which said that the FSA’s role would be reviewed in a public health paper due this autumn.It has now announced its plans ahead of schedule, with the Department of Health gaining responsibility for nutrition policy in England, including front-of-pack labelling, such as Guideline Daily Amounts. However, the FSA will retain its responsibility for nutrition and labelling policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will take country of origin labelling under its wing, along with various other non-safety-related food labelling and food composition policies in England. This will leave a drastically scaled-down FSA focusing solely on food safety policy and enforcement.The FSA will support the delivery of the government’s commitment to deliver honesty in food labelling, and the delivery of one of Defra’s top priorities: the commitment to support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production, and promote increased domestic food production.The government said it was keen for food safety policy, the primary focus of the FSA when it was established as a non-ministerial Government department in 2000, to remain independent.The changes have been made with the aim of contributing to “objectives to improve efficiency”, as well as improving the health of the nation.“It’s absolutely crucial for the Food Standards Agency to continue providing independent expert advice to people about food safety. But bringing nutrition policy into the Department makes sense,” commented secretary of state for health Andrew Lansley. “It will enable a clear, consistent public health service to be created, as our Public Health White Paper later this year will set out.”The Food & Drink Federation has welcomed today’s announcement. “We believe it is important to maintain an independent food safety regulator and fully support today’s decision by the government to retain the Food Standards Agency,” commented director general Melanie Leech.“We also support the decision to move responsibility for nutrition, and other food policy issues, back into government departments. This should lead to clearer and more consistent policy-making, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort across Whitehall.”>>Question mark on FSA leaves bakers in limbolast_img read more

first_imgAnd that’s why Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has enlisted the help of multi-premiership winning Raiders legend Mal Meninga this year.Stuart revealed in November he had spoken to his fellow club legend about a consultancy role with the Raiders, designed specifically to help Croker develop as a leader.And while Croker played down Meninga’s job when asked about his work, he revealed he regularly meets with the current Australian coach who has become a mentor of sorts.“I wouldn’t say he’s been back at the club, he’s been back in town,” Croker told foxsports.com.au.“I caught up with him a couple of times, we went and had a coffee and had a bit of a yarn for an hour or so.“He also came up to the Sunshine Coast when we had a trial game up there, him and Steve Walters and a couple of other guys came for dinner.“Not an official role, unless something happens going forward, I’m not sure.”Meninga won three premierships with the Raiders and was long-time captain of the club, whose current best and fairest medal is named in honour of the legendary centre.Croker has been full-time captain of the club since 2015.Coach Stuart explained how Meninga could act as a personal adviser and mentor to the 27-year-old centre and captain.“Jarrod has all the integrity and respect of his fellow players. He’s a local boy achieving all the goals he wants, in regards to playing,” Stuart told NRL.com.“He’s a wonderful club man with an outstanding character as a person.“So that’s why he’s our captain. But I need some help in making Jarrod a great captain.”Croker wouldn’t go into great detail of his relationship with Meninga, but explained their catch-ups aren’t solely focused on football.“I just caught up with Mal a couple of times to have a coffee and a chat. Just life in general, leadership, a bit of everything,” he said.“He’s done a lot in the game on and off the field, so he knows a lot. Every time I get the chance to catch up with him for a coffee or a feed I jump at it.“He’s done it all, he’s captained everyone, he’s done all you can in the game.“He’s going to be great for me going forward as a leader and I’ll just try to get what I can out of him.”last_img read more