The FSA has been asked by the government to lead a dialogue project to explore the subject of GM with consumers. It will provide an opportunity to discuss with consumers their understanding of GM and what they think it might bring in terms of risks and benefits.
It will also explore how people can be helped to make informed choices about the food they eat.
At a board meeting held today Tim Smith, the FSA chief executive, announced that Professor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde, is to chair the independent steering group that will advise the agency on the research.
It is anticipated that this work will take around a year.