FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser’s Report reveals the data standards enhancing food safety

The Food Standards Agency has published the latest science report by Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Guy Poppy.

The report outlines how important data standards are to the FSA, the approach to adoption and use, and provides real examples of where deployment of the data standards is making an impact.

The report covers three areas:

  • Adoption: using recognised standards created and maintained by others, such as using standardised data about climate and weather to inform the FSA’s strategic surveillance programme 
  • Consensus: working with others in the food industry to agree common standards, such as the Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR) developed with the UK meat industry
  • Ownership: setting, managing and maintaining clear, unambiguous data standards for the FSA's work as a regulator, ensuring the effective use of data by the agency and others