Professor Poppy said: ‘For the FSA to make evidence-based decisions, data must be translated into the knowledge and wisdom we can act upon. The revolution in data science techniques is making the large amounts of data collected by the FSA and food businesses more valuable and ensures the best decisions can be made.’
The report shows how the Agency is bringing together a wide range of data, from the complex food industry ‘ecosystem’ to social media and consumer preferences, to explore ways that it can meet its regulatory responsibilities going forward and become data-driven. This also includes working in partnership on research with University College London’s Big Data Institute and the Office for National Statistics amongst others, to get the best value from data as well as supporting FSA objectives and learning with and from others. Data Science is feeding into the implementation of the Agency’s innovative new Surveillance Strategy and the ‘Regulating our Future’ change programme which is redesigning the FSA’s regulatory role.