Food Standards Agency chief executive announces retirement

The Food Standards Agency’s chief executive Jason Feeney has announced his retirement from the department after more than two years in the role.

He will continue to oversee the most critical phase of the FSA’s preparations for EU exit before stepping down from the role in June. Feeney joined the FSA in as chief operating officer in 2015 before being appointed as chief executive in April 2017.

His retirement sees the end of a 38-year career in the civil service during which he was awarded a CBE in 2011. 

Feeney said: “It has been a really difficult decision. I am incredibly proud of this organisation, and of all we’ve achieved together, particularly to prepare for EU exit. I’ve been in the civil service since I was 18, back in 1981, and it’s been a terrific career.”

“I have every reason to be confident that the FSA will go on to even greater things in the future. We’ve got an excellent chair in Heather Hancock and a fantastically capable executive team. The resilience, dedication and passion of the people I’ve had the privilege to work with here is second to none.”

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