The government has spent the day putting its house in order – after it revealed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) had survived a proposed cull, although it will have a much smaller remit, and the Home Office is to look after licensing. There had been speculation that the FSA would be shutdown as part of new government austerity measures – but earlier today it was reported that it would continue, with a new renewed focus on food safety and enforcement. But responsibility for food nutrition policy will move to the Department of Health (DoH) in England - including the voluntary trial involving several pub companies of providing calorie and nutritional information on menus. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will become responsible for origin labelling and food composition policies. The FSA will remain in charge of the Scores on the Doors scheme, which gives venues a hygiene rating. Meanwhile, it was also revealed that responsibility for the Licensing Act would move over to the Home Office. The change had first been mooted back in May – but was subsequently denied by the government and it had appeared that it would continue under the control of the auspices of Department of Culture Media and Sport. However, a statement released today said: “Responsibility for the Licensing Act 2003, except in relation to regulated entertainment, will transfer from the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to the Home Secretary.” This splits the responsibility for the Licensing Act between two departments, contrary to the original aims of the Act to consolidate the relevant regulation under one umbrella. Commenting on the changes at the FSA, the new Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Our ambition is to create a public health system that truly helps people live longer and healthier lives. To achieve it, we can’t stand still. Changes are inevitable. “It’s absolutely crucial for the FSA to continue providing independent expert advice to people about food safety. But bringing nutrition policy into the Department makes sense. It will enable a clear, consistent public health service to be created, as our Public Health White Paper later this year will set out. “I believe – in the-long term – we’ll have a clearer and less bureaucratic system for public health. The end result will focus on turning expert advice and support into better health.”