No decision has been made regarding the future of the under threat Food Standards Agency, the Department of Health revealed yesterday. It issued a brief statement in response to speculation that the agency is to be axed as part of the coalition government’s cost cutting agenda. However, the stalling of the decision leaves operators in limbo in regards to a number of issues – namely the displaying of calories on menus, scores on the doors and a potential ban on transfats. A spokesperson said “no decision” had been taken over the FSA but added only that all “Arms Length Bodies” would be subject to a review. It had been reported that Health Secretary Andrew Lansley would announce the abolition of the FSA as he unveiled a White Paper on NHS reforms yesterday. The news agency Reuters had also reported that the FSA, chaired by former Farming Minister Lord Rooker, would be subsumed into Defra and the Department of Health. Ministers’ intention to transfer the agency’s responsibilities for nutrition, diet and public health into the Department of Health has been known for some time.