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FSA Board Meeting - March 2023: Agenda and Papers

Agenda and papers for the FSA Board meeting on 22 March 2023 at 1864 Suite, Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX

Last updated: 20 March 2023

The agenda for this meeting includes:

  • Strategic Risk Management
  • The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill
  • Achieving Business Compliance Programme
  • Three Year Corporate Plan
  • Risk Analysis Process and Regulated Products Service Update
  • Annual Science Council Report

09:00 - Chair's Introduction

Professor Susan Jebb presents the minutes and actions from the previous FSA Board meeting in December 2022 and presents the Chair's report.

FSA 23-03-01 - Minutes of the FSA Board Meeting on 7 December 2023

FSA 23-03-02 - Actions Arising

09:20 - Chief Executive’s Report to the Board (FSA 23/03/03)

Emily Miles presents the Chief Executive's report to the FSA Board.

FSA 23-03-03 - Chief Executive's Report to the Board

09:50 - Strategic Risk Management (FSA 23-03-04)

Tara Smith presents a paper reflecting the FSA’s strategic, corporate and management approaches to risk, including identifying which responsibilities lie at Board, Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) or Executive level, and also providing the Board with an overview of the strategic risks being managed.

FSA 23-03-04 - Strategic Risk Management

10:10 - The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill (FSA 22/03/05)

Rebecca Sudworth and Rebecca Lamb present a paper setting out considerations and current thinking around the traceability of precision bred food/feed and providing an update on progress and an indicative timescale for delivery of the new regulatory framework.

FSA 23-03-05 - The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

10:55 - Break

11:15 - Achieving Business Compliance Programme (FSA 23/03/06)

Katie Pettifer, Carmel Lynskey and Michael Jackson present a paper providing a comprehensive update on the Achieving Business Compliance Programme.

FSA 23-03-06 - Achieving Business Compliance Programme

12:00 - Three Year Corporate Plan (FSA 23/03/07)

Katie Pettifer and Sam Faulkner present a paper setting out the FSA’s corporate objectives for the next three years and describing how we will continue to deliver our strategy ‘Food you can trust’ published last year.

FSA 23-03-07 - Three Year Corporate Plan

12:20 - Risk Analysis Process and Regulated Products Service Update (FSA 23/03/08)

Rebecca Sudworth, Lexi Rees and Ruth Willis present a paper providing  an update to the FSA Board about the progress of issues in the Risk Analysis Process and Regulated Products Service (RPS).

FSA 23-03-08 - Risk Analysis Process and Regulated Products Service Update

12:50 - Break

13:35 - Annual Science Council Report (FSA 23/03/09)

Professor Sandy Thomas presents a report providing an overview of the work of the Science Council over the past year and reflecting on its successes and challenges as well as providing a forward look into the future activities.

FSA 23-03-09 - Annual Science Council Report

13:55 - Welsh Food Advisory Committee (WFAC) Chair Report (FSA 23/03/10)

Peter Price presents a report covering the activities of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee for the period September 2021 to February 2023.

FSA 23-03-10 - Welsh Food Advisory Committee (WFAC) Chair Report

14:05 - Report from the Chair of the Business Committee (INFO 23/03/01)

Ruth Hussey presents a report from the Business Committee meeting held on 13 March. This paper will be published on 20 March.

INFO 23-03-01 - Report from the Chair of the Business Committee

14:20 - Report from the Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) (INFO 23/03/02)

Timothy Riley presents a report as Chair of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee providing an update on activity since the previous Board meeting.

INFO 23-03-02 - Report from the Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

14:30 - Reports from the Chairs of the Food Advisory Committees (Oral Reports)

Oral reports from the Chairs of the Food Advisory Committees by Anthony Harbinson and Peter Price.

14:35 - Any Other Business

14:40 - Question and Answer session

14:50 - End of Board Meeting

Questions to the board

We are keen to ensure, as far as is practical, that questions are addressed in the discussion at the Board meeting. Notwithstanding discussions on the day, all questions will receive a written reply within 20 working days of the meeting.

Question 1 

From Dan Crossley, Executive Director, Food Ethics Council 

Does the FSA recognise that citizens have a range of ethical questions and concerns* about the use of new technologies in the production of their food - and their associated desire for clear, point of sale labelling of precision bred organisms - that go beyond safety alone? 
 
*Issues include patenting, corporate control of the food chain, the right to know (about the provenance of their food and how it was produced), uncertain effects on the environment and consequences for animal welfare. 

Question 2 

From Steven Jacobs, Business development manager, Organic Farmers & Growers CIC 

We are not at all satisfied that due process is being maintained.  We have written and in parliamentary committee we have spoken clearly to describe in detail what our very serious concerns are. Does the FSA Board acknowledge and recognise the concerns of those working in organic and non-GMO supply chains?  What work has been undertaken to gauge the level of impact on organic and non-GMO supply chains? 

Question 3 

From Steven Jacobs, Business development manager, Organic Farmers & Growers CIC 

In the Board paper the following is stated - 'Through our four-nation approach, the FSA will continue to work collaboratively across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with Scotland (whose ministers are advised by Food Standards Scotland), using Common Framework Agreement mechanisms.'

Does the FSA Board acknowledge and recognise the concerns of those working in food and agriculture in the devolved administrations? Has the FSA Board taken seriously the concerns expressed by both the Scottish and Welsh Governments to both the UKIMA and to the proposals for PBO and PBFF under the new bill? 

Question 4 

From Steven Jacobs, Business development manager, Organic Farmers & Growers CIC

What is the timeline for delivery of industry surveys & workshops to enable a clear picture of the impact that PBOs and PBFFs could have across the industry and with specific reference to organic and non-GMO supply chains? 

Question 5

From Steven Jacobs, Business development manager, Organic Farmers & Growers CIC

Our understanding is that applicants will in effect be required to self-declare eligibility for PBO status. What level of certainty can the FSA Board give that new PBO and PBFF supply lines will not be contaminated with GMO material (that is material produced by the use of Genetically Modified Organisms as per the definition produced by the HSE)? 

Question 6

From Steven Jacobs, Business development manager, Organic Farmers & Growers CIC

What activity has the FSA undertaken in order to study the safety of PBOs for food use over periods of time? Days, months, years?