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Social sciences high on food agency’s 2014 agenda

Social sciences, microbiology and chemical safety are areas that the UK government’s Food Standards Agency proposes to focus on in the coming year.

The plans are outlined in the FSA’s Forward Evidence Plan 2014, which was published on 29 November. It identifies areas where the agency needs to build its evidence base to support its activities through 2015 and possibly beyond.

The agency says it may provide support to social science projects related to food, but it does not lay out specific objectives in these areas. It also expects to commission work on food safety and hygiene related to campylobacter and listeria, among other areas. An assessment of inorganic contaminants in the UK diet is an area of interest in chemical safety, along with possible alternatives to preservatives. 

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