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FSA to Combine Sustainability In Fish Advice

UK - The Food Standards Agency is to review its advice on eating fish in relation to the sustainability of some species of fish.

The review is in line with growing concern about the sustainability of fish stocks and the wider environmental impact of fishing and fish farming. It also reflects the FSA's commitment to sustainable development within all of its activities and policy decisions.

The FSA's current nutritional advice remains unchanged - that consumers should be eating more fish and aim to eat at least two portions a week, one of which should be oily.

Rosemary Hignett, Head of the FSA's Nutrition Division said the agency is very aware that fish consumption and sustainability are key issues for consumers and current advice can be confusing. "We are going to involve interested stakeholders, including other Government departments, consumer and health groups, environmental organisations, as well as representatives of the fishing and food industries in the review," she explained.

The process will seek input from stakeholders, and include a thorough, wide-ranging consultation process and the findings will be published before the end of 2008.

For more information on FSA's sustainable development policies click here