New food standards body launched in Scotland

New food standards body launched in Scotland

A new food standards body in Scotland, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), will take over the activity of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland as well as taking control of food labelling from DEFRA and food nutrition from the Department of Health.

FSS has given food traceability, authenticity and labelling greater focus, which has been welcomed by farmers and food suppliers in Scotland.

Commenting on the launch of FSS, NFU Scotland president Allan Bowie said: “Throughout the whole process, we have supported the need for a stand-alone food body, with responsibility for food safety, standards and nutrition in Scotland as the best way to respond to the unique issues in relation to diet, obesity and food-borne diseases in this country.”

He used the example of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) which: “will be better carried out by a Scottish food body as it will deliver a more streamlined service that is cost effective and suited to the Scottish industry.”

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