The FSA publishes its Annual Report and Accounts for 2020/21

26 Nov 2021 02:26 PM

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) yesterday published its Consolidated and its Westminster Annual Report and Accounts for the past financial year. These cover our performance and activities in 2020/21 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at a net cost of £114.2 million.

This follows the publication of both our Northern Ireland and Wales reports in June and July 2021, respectively. Due to an issue outside of the FSA’s control, third party assurance of the Local Government Pension Scheme was required before the Consolidated and the Westminster accounts could be finalised.

In her foreword to the report, Ruth Hussey, FSA Interim Chairman during the reporting period wrote:

‘It has been the most challenging of years for the FSA and I am pleased that the Annual Report and Accounts shows that, despite the pressures of COVID-19 and preparing for the end of the transition period for leaving the EU, there has continued to be excellent progress against its strategic priorities.’

Chief Executive Emily Miles explains in her foreword that the FSA adapted well to the many challenges during the reporting year and how she is proud of the work the FSA has done to manage the impact of the pandemic while progressing reform plans. She also explains how we progressed our priority of making the UK a better place to be a food hypersensitive consumer:

‘[During the reporting] year we held a food hypersensitivity symposium with a range of speakers and workshops, published research which found that food businesses’ handling of allergens has significantly improved since new regulations came into force in 2014, and launched a successful awareness campaign targeting young adults who tend to be at a higher risk of experiencing food allergy reactions.’

We have since helped prepare businesses for the legislation, which came into force in October 2021, requiring food businesses to provide allergen labelling on prepacked for direct sale food.

Read the full report to find out more about our activities and performance during 2020/21, and our purpose, key functions and vision.

Our year in numbers

Activity and performance across England, Wales and Northern Ireland included the following:


Operations and delivery:

Being the best organisation we can be: