The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is an independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.
FSA Wales (FSAW) was launched in April 2000 as part of the new, UK-wide independent body, accountable both to Parliament and the National Assembly.
The Food Standards Agency works closely with local authority food law enforcement officers to make sure that food law is applied throughout the food chain.
It provides advice on a range of enforcement issues. This advice sets out the rights and responsibilities of enforcement authorities and food businesses, and helps ensure that food safety and legal requirements are maintained and monitored.
The Agency also ensures that local authority monitoring of food businesses is carried out correctly by carrying out audits and collating data on local authorities enforcement activity.
Public sector organisations supplying food have an obligation to complete effective due diligence to ensure the quality and compliance of their suppliers so that it minimises any safety risks to its recipients.