Smith to leave FSA in October

Food Standards Agency (FSA) chief executive Tim Smith will be leaving his role at the end of October 2012, the Agency has announced.

Smith has been with the FSA for four years. His contract was due to come to an end on 16 March 2012, but has been extended until October, by when a successor is expected to have been appointed.

FSA chair Jeff Rooker, said: “During his four years at the FSA, Tim has made tremendous improvements to the Agency’s effectiveness and efficiency in both protecting consumer safety in relation to food and in regulating our vital food industry. I am delighted he has agreed to continue as we recruit his successor.”

Smith added “Running the FSA has been the most rewarding job in my career in the food sector. I am proud that this Agency plays such an essential role in protecting the public – with effective and proportionate regulation, and the provision of clear information to consumers on safe food and healthy eating. It is a privilege to work with so many very able, dedicated colleagues whether on the science, the policy development or the operational delivery of food safety.”

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