Scottish food standards body gets ready for launch

The new Food Standards Scotland (FSS) – the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – has moved into its new home in Pilgrim House, Aberdeen.

The FSS will be launched on 1 April 2015, taking over full operational control from the FSA, providing Scotland with regulation and independent advice on food safety and standards, food information and nutrition.

The Minister and Ross Finnie, chair of FSS, believes this purpose-built, modern building is fitting for the forward-thinking, dynamic organisation they aim for Food Standards Scotland to be.

“This is an exciting time for the FSA and the new FSS, and it is going to be a very interesting first few years as we learn to work together in a different, but no-less collaborative and fruitful way, and we are committed to continuing to share plans, insight and learnings to help us achieve our joint aims going forward,” the FSA said in a statement.

The FSS has been welcomed by the Scottish meat industry. Ian Anderson, executive manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) said the FSS will reduce administration delay experienced with the London-based FSA.

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