U.K. RETAILERS WELCOME FOOD-SAFETY AGENCY, BUT FIGHT FEE

LONDON (FNS) -- British food retailers are welcoming government plans for a new food-safety watchdog, but are also worried about an attendant proposed licensing system, which could cost them, as well as manufacturers and distributors, up to $324 million (200 million British pounds) a year.The U.K. government said Jan. 14 that it plans to foster a new Food Standards Agency, one that would monitor the

LONDON (FNS) -- British food retailers are welcoming government plans for a new food-safety watchdog, but are also worried about an attendant proposed licensing system, which could cost them, as well as manufacturers and distributors, up to $324 million (200 million British pounds) a year.

The U.K. government said Jan. 14 that it plans to foster a new Food Standards Agency, one that would monitor the safety and standards of all foods for human consumption.

The new agency would

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