Bivalve shellfish, such as mussels, oysters, scallops (pectinidae) and razor clams, are filter feeders and can accumulate dangerous toxins and pathogens quickly. Shellfish toxins, which can be fatal, are heat stable which means that, unlike microbiological and viral contaminants, they cannot be...More
Food Standards Scotland is the competent authority for the determination of harvesting area classifications. This process is currently undertaken on an annual basis with the classification year running from April to March. Provided there are no prolonged and significant changes in year that...More
This consultation provides an opportunity to comment on draft guidance which has been developed by Food Standards Scotland in order to provide greater clarity on the food safety controls that are expected to apply to the scallop sector, with particular reference to shellfish toxins.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has produced our first Science, Evidence and Information (SEI) strategy. The SEI strategy will support the FSS statement of performance of functions including how FSS operates, to ensure that appropriate science governance arrangements are in place to help the...More
As Scotland’s national regulator for food and feed FSS has a statutory responsibility under The Food (Scotland) Act 2015 to protect consumers from food safety risks, to improve dietary health, and to protect consumers’ other interests in relation to food. How we fulfil our role as a national...More
A few years ago, Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (FIC) brought together EU rules on general food labelling and nutrition labelling into one piece of legislation. The Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014 revoked most of the old Food Labelling...More
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) would welcome your comments on the draft Caseins and Caseinates (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (see Annex B below) and the partial Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA – see Annex C below)
The purpose of the draft Scottish Statutory Instrument is to:
Foodborne illness remains an important public health problem for Scotland, resulting in disruption to the workforce and burdens on health services which have consequences for the Scottish economy. Prior to the establishment of Food Standards Scotland (FSS), we worked as part of the Food Standards...More
The Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC) Approved Establishments Working Group was tasked with developing methodologies which would enhance the approval process as well as the delivery of official controls in establishments liable for approval under Regulation (EC) 853/2004.