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Food agencies as an institutional response to policy failure by the UK and the EU
in Qualities of food

The UK public's confidence in the quality of the modern food supply, and in the governance of that supply, took a buffeting through a series of food safety crises. At both the UK and the EU level of governance there was a perception of policy failure over the safety of the final food product emerging from the supply chain. The determination of some key decisions by the EU and its member states has been explained within a framework of multilevel governance, in the form of two-level or multilevel strategic bargaining and decision-making. The new institutionalist schools of analysis place an emphasis on the influence of institutions, their operating procedures and practices as shaping factors of public policy. The creation of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) occurred at a juncture when perceptions of policy failure were acknowledged at UK and EU governmental levels.

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