Scots to welcome new food standards body

The Scottish Meat industry has welcomed news that a new food standards body for Scotland will be in full operation by April 2015.

The new body, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), comes as a result of the Food Scotland bill, introduced to the Scottish parliament last month. The FSS will replace the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland and will be based in new offices at Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

Elspeth Macdonald, assistant Scottish director at the FSA, explained: “The programme to set up the FSS has been hard at work for many months now, and the most significant step was the introduction of the bill to parliament in March 2014, the primary legislation for the new organisation needed to be created to give it the functions that FSA currently have in relation to Scotland.

“The functions being proposed by FSS are to develop policies on food and feed and to help and advise the Scottish Government and the public in making informed decisions.”

Alan McNaughton, president of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers, said: “We are encouraged by the progress being made towards the setting up of the Food Standards Scotland. Anything which can ease our members’ administrative burdens is to be welcomed, and we have certainly found it easier to work with the FSA in Scotland than we ever did with the London-based end of the body.”

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