The Department of Health has announced its new staff line-up after taking on the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) work on nutrition and food reformulation.Led by Clair Baynton, deputy director nutrition science and delivery, the team consists of: Alison Tedstone, head of nutrition science; Corinne Vaughan, head of nutrition delivery; Alette Addison, salt; and Stephen Airey, saturated fat and energy.However, it remains tight-lipped on targets to reduce salt and saturated fats, which were set by the FSA. A spokeswoman would only say: “Further information will be available in due course the Department of Health will continue to work with industry on reformulation and provision of nutritional information to consumers.”The FSA had announced specific targets to reduce the saturated fat content in plain sweet and savoury biscuits, and plain cakes by at least 10%, and 5% in non-plain biscuits (those not containing chocolate) by 2012. A target of 1g of salt per 100g bread was also set for 2012.Policies including working with manufacturers to reformulate foods to reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar levels, and reducing portion size, moved from the FSA to the Department of Health along with nutritional labelling on foods, calorie information in restaurants, nutrition surveys and scientific advice on nutrition.The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) took on food labelling policy, where it does not relate to food safety or nutrition. A Defra spokeswoman refused to give details of staff responsible.>>Changes at FSA unlikely to have adverse impact
This year’s Georgia Ag Forecast seminar in Tifton, originally scheduled for Jan. 29, has been rescheduled to Feb. 28 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The breakfast seminar will be held at the UGA Tifton Conference Center as previously scheduled. Registration will open at 7 a.m. with breakfast being served at 7:30 a.m. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Georgia Ag Forecast seminars in Cartersville and Tifton, which were canceled because of inclement weather the last week of January, have been rescheduled. The Ag Forecast seminar in Cartersville, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, has been rescheduled for March 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with lunch following. The seminar will be held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, as originally scheduled. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. As part of the annual Ag Forecast seminar series, UGA economists explain the factors that will influence the state’s largest industry in the coming growing season. In addition to information about commodity markets and yields, the economists link agricultural trends to the state’s economic health as a whole. Farm succession planning will also be addressed at these seminars. Macon attorney Will Thompson will serve as guest speaker for this segment and will offer advice for farmers and landowners on how to best pass land and businesses to the next generation. For information about registering for the seminars or about transferring registration from the originally scheduled seminars, visit www.georgiaagforecast.com .