Food and Health Bureau
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|Headquarters||18/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong|
|Parent agency||Chief Secretary for Administration|
It oversees policies on food and health issues. The Department of Health, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and the Government Laboratory report to the Bureau. The bureau is headed by Secretary for Food and Health. The current secretary is Professor Sophia Chan. The Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food) is Cherry Tse and the Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health) will be Elizabeth Tse, with effect from 24 July 2017.
When the Principal Officials Accountability System (POAS) was introduced in July 2002, the name of the Bureau was renamed from Health and Welfare Bureau to the name of Health, Welfare and Food Bureau, with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department was transferred from the now abolished Environment and Food Bureau. Prior to the transfer of sovereignty in 1997 it was named Health and Welfare Branch.
In July 2007, it was renamed to the current name of Food and Health Bureau, with its functions on welfare transferred to the Labour and Welfare Bureau.