Scottish standards agency reveals new board members

The Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), has announced several appointments ahead of its launch in April.

The appointed board members include Dr Carrie Ruxton, a freelance dietician who sits on the Meat Advisory Panel, and Louise Walsh, who has worked in food retail for five years, including five years in senior management at Morrisons.

The FSS will take over full operational control from the FSA in April and will provide Scotland with regulation and independent advice on food safety and standards, food information and nutrition.

Geoff Ogle, director Scotland, said: “The board appointments will bring a wide range of expertise and backgrounds that demonstrate a commitment to protecting consumers and improving the health of the Scottish public, and will put Food Standards Scotland in a strong position as it establishes itself as a trusted authority that continues to provide independent, evidence-based advice to consumers and Ministers in Scotland.”

These appointments follow the appointment of MP Ross Finnie as chair of the body in November in last year.

The FSS reported that the Food (Scotland) Bill, to set up a stand-alone food safety, standards and nutrition body in Scotland, passed into law when it received Royal Assent on 13 January 2015. This step creates the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 and paves the way for Food Standards Scotland as a legal entity.

The other members of the board include: George Brechin, former chief executive of NHS Fife; Marieke Dwarshuis, former director of Consumer Focus Scotland and who has held positions in the Scottish Government; Heather Kelman, director on the board of trustees of Voluntary Service Aberdeen and a former dietician; Dr Susan Walker, deputy chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, a member of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland and a member of the Customer Forum, which negotiates with Scottish Water; and Dr Anne Maree Wallace who has 35 years’ experience with Public Health Medicine.


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