The Food Standards Agency has published its first draft simplification plan in a bid to streamline food regulations and make compliance easier. It has now called on the industry to comment on the draft.

The plan identifies a number of ways the Agency can enhance consumer protection by reducing unnecessary paperwork and administrative burdens of food regulation, a statement said today.

As well as improving efficiency and compliance, the plan could save industry more than GBP200m (US$355.4) in the first year, the FSA claimed.

Steve Wearne, head of the FSA’s Better Regulation Division, said: “The FSA is firmly committed to the better regulation agenda. Simpler regulation makes compliance easier; it can lead to better public protection and make it easier for business. Those affected by regulation are best placed to make suggestions about how it could be made more effective. This is an ideal opportunity for stakeholders to get their ideas heard.’

The FSA said it would welcome immediate comments on this plan before it is finalised in April. For details of how to submit your proposal visit: