The Food Standards Agency is the main sponsor of this year’s Local Government Association (LGA) Conference, which is taking place in Birmingham from Tuesday 3 July to Thursday 5 July.

The LGA is the political voice of local government throughout England and Wales.

Delegates at the conference will be able to see the Agency’s Cooking Bus in action and view five lessons for school children onboard the bus, which will be parked outside the conference centre
in Birmingham’s Centenary Square.

Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar will give a demonstration of healthy cooking on the Agency’s stand inside the conference centre, where delegates will be able to taste the results of his labours.

Visitors to the stand will also have an opportunity to discuss food safety and other food related issues with Agency Chief Executive John Harwood, Deputy Chair Ian Reynolds and Head of
Enforcement David Statham.

Delegates to the conference will be the first to hear of the Agency’s new food standards award scheme, which has been developed in conjunction with Improvement and Development Agency, the
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Trading Standards Institute and the Local authority Coordinators of Regulatory Services.

The Food Champion Awards will be formally launched later this year, and will recognise the vital work that local authorities provide in two areas:

● Improving local food safety and standards
● Improving community diet and nutrition

The Agency’s Strategic Plan to 2010 includes an objective to further developing its infrastructure to enable the Agency to work with national, regional and local government in all four counties
in UK and with local and consumer groups.