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  • Consultation on applications for authorisation of miscellaneous regulated products: four novel foods, three food additives, removal of twenty-two food flavouring authorisations, and a proposal to set a limit for ethylene oxide in food additives

    Important: On 30 January 2024, a package of measures proposed by the UK Government were accepted to enable the return of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Further information on these measures can be found here in the UK Government Command Paper, Safeguarding the Union . A small number of references in this consultation may now be outdated but the substance of the consultation remains unchanged. This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister... More
    Opened 2 February 2024
  • Use the smoked fish or fresh produce tools? Help us make them better

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) updated two online tools in 2022, using the most recent scientific evidence and legal regulations, to provide information on the safe production of smoked fish and fresh produce. The aim of the tools is to help relevant food business operators assess their specific working environments and provide clear and objective advice to reduce the risk of microbiological contamination of their product. We would like to understand how food businesses use these... More
    Closed 29 November 2023
  • Consultation on updates to Food Standards Scotland's Technical Guidance on food allergen labelling and information requirements

    This consultation concerns updates to Food Standards Scotland’s technical guidance on food allergen labelling and information requirements. The two key updates to this document focus on standards for applying Precautionary Allergen Labelling (PAL) and best practice guidance that No Gluten Containing Ingredients (NGCI) statements should not be used. More
    Closed 8 September 2023
  • 2023 Review of Commission Implementing (EU) Regulation 2019/1793 on increased import controls of certain food and feed of non-animal origin.

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is conducting a review of the food and feed commodities contained within the Annexes to Commission Implementing (EU) Regulation 2019/1793 as amended by The Official Controls (Import of High Risk Food and Feed of Non-Animal origin) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2022 . Regulation 2019/1793 sets temporary increases of official controls and emergency measures governing the entry into Great Britain of food and feed from certain countries. We would welcome your... More
    Closed 28 August 2023
  • Consultation on applications for authorisation of second tranche of feed additives

    This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister for Public Health and Women's Health and seeks stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to the regulated product applications considered in this document, which have been submitted for new authorisation, renewal or modification of exisiting authorisations. We ask stakeholders to consider any relevant provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 on additives for use in animal nutrition as... More
    Closed 20 July 2023
  • The Use of the Food Law Code of Practice and Associated Guidance by Local Authorities

    On behalf of Scottish Ministers, FSS is currently reviewing the Food Law Code of Practice (FLCoP) and Practice Guidance. In order to understand how both the FLCoP and Practice Guidance are being used by Authorised Officers across Scotland, FSS is seeking the views of all Authorised Officers who utilise the FLCoP in the following survey. From here on in, reference to the FLCoP can be taken to mean both the Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2019 AND Interventions Food Law... More
    Closed 23 June 2023
  • Review of the Food Hygiene Information Scheme and exploration of a Consumer Information Scheme

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are reviewing the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) and want to know what food business operators/food outlets think of this scheme. FSS particularly want to find out what food businesses like and dislike about how FHIS assessment information is currently shared with consumers. Findings from the survey will help FSS consider whether any changes are required to the scheme so that it is more useful to both food businesses and... More
    Closed 12 February 2023
  • Consultation on the amendment to the specification of one food additive (RP1194 - Rebaudioside M)

    This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health & Sport. We recently consulted on a regulated product application for the modification/extension of use of the food additive steviol glycosides (E 960) to include rebaudioside M (E 960c, enzymatically produced steviol glycosides), for use as an existing permitted low-calorie, high intensity sweetener. However, we identified that there had been an omission within the... More
    Closed 6 February 2023
  • Food Law - Local Authority end of year return 2021/22

    Food Law - Local Authority end of year return 2021/22 More
    Closed 15 December 2022
  • Consultation on applications for authorisation of two novel foods, one food additive and one food flavouring

    This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health & Sport and seeks stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to the regulated product applications considered in this document, which have been submitted for authorisation (either as new authorisations or for extension of use / modification). We ask stakeholders to consider any relevant provisions of retained EU law and other legitimate factors (other... More
    Closed 11 December 2022
  • Consultation on applications for eight genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food and feed uses and for the change of authorisation holder for fifty-one authorised GMOs

    This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health & Sport and seeks stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to the regulated product applications considered in this document, which have been submitted for authorisation, renewal of authorisation, or modification of existing authorisation (change of authorisation holder details). We ask stakeholders to consider any relevant provisions of retained EU... More
    Closed 6 December 2022
  • Food Crime Strategic Assessment 2023

    The Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit (SFCIU) in partnership with the FSA’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) are currently developing the next iteration of the UK Food Crime Strategic Assessment. As part of this work we are seeking views from Environmental Health on the current and future food fraud risks. The information you supply will help to identify trends and highlight any key themes. We would really appreciate if you could help us by completing... More
    Closed 25 November 2022
  • MenuCal User Feedback Survey

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are looking to gain some user feedback about the MenuCal tool. Please take a few moments to fill out this short questionnaire. More
    Closed 26 October 2022
  • The Food and Feed (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2022

    This consultation is to seek stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to FSS’ proposals to correct deficiencies in domestic legislation relating to animal feed, food contact materials and extraction solvents. This is to ensure legislation operates effectively following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). Currently, the relevant domestic legislation for animal feed, food contact materials and extraction solvents contains deficiencies that... More
    Closed 10 October 2022
  • Review of retained Regulation 2019/1793 on increased import controls of certain food and feed of non-animal origin

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) would welcome your views on our proposed recommendations to amend Retained Commission Implementing Regulation Regulation 2019/1793 which applies temporary increase of official controls and measures governing the entry into Great Britain of certain food and feed of non-animal origin from certain countries. More
    Closed 29 June 2022
  • Publication of FSS opinion and consultation on applications for authorisation of eleven feed additives

    This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health & Sport and is to seek stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to the eleven feed additive applications considered in this document, which have been submitted for authorisation and proposed transitional periods. We ask stakeholders to consider any relevant provisions of retained EU law and other legitimate factors (other evidence further supporting... More
    Closed 2 May 2022
  • Consultation on revisions to the FSS opinion on five novel foods applications for authorisation and transfer of authorisation holder for five smoke flavouring authorisations

    This consultation is conducted by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) on behalf of the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health & Sport. This consultation is to make stakeholders aware and seek any views, comments or feedback concerning revisions which have been made to the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) opinion on five novel food applications following the recent public consultation. We also invite comments regarding changes to the listed authorisation holders for five smoke flavouring... More
    Closed 13 April 2022
  • Publication of FSS opinion and consultation on applications for authorisation of six novel foods

    This consultation is to seek stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) opinion and regulated product applications considered in this document, which have been submitted for authorisation. We ask stakeholders to consider any relevant provisions of retained EU law and other legitimate factors (other evidence further supporting clear, rational and justifiable risk analysis, such as consumer interests, technical feasibility and environmental... More
    Closed 11 February 2022
  • Review of retained Regulation 2016/6 on importing food from Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident

    Results Last Updated 10 March 2022 This consultation was launched on 10 December 2021 and closed on 11 February 2022. The purpose of the consultation was to seek comments from industry, enforcement authorities, consumers and other interested stakeholders on our risk management options to retain, amend or revoke retained Regulation 2016/6. The key proposals on which the consultation sought views were to revoke retained Regulation 2016/6 and thereby remove enhanced controls relating... More
    Closed 11 February 2022
  • Publication of FSS opinion and consultation on applications for authorisation of nine Genetically Modified Organisms

    This consultation is to seek stakeholders’ views, comments and feedback in relation to the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) opinion and regulated product applications considered in this document, which have been submitted for authorisation. We ask stakeholders to consider any relevant provisions of retained EU law and other legitimate factors (other evidence further supporting clear, rational and justifiable risk analysis, such as consumer interests, technical feasibility and environmental... More
    Closed 25 January 2022
  • Consultation on the Introduction of Compliance Notices

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) would welcome your comments on the proposals for the Introduction of Compliance Notices and the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA). We are consulting on the introduction of Compliance Notices via amendments to domestic legislation relating to: Food Standards (food information, composition, standards, novel foods and food for specific groups); Food Hygiene (at a later date) ; Details of... More
    Closed 16 December 2021
  • Mandatory calorie labelling in the out of home sector

    On 10th September 2021, Scottish Government published their Out of Home (OOH) Action plan which included commitment to hold a public consultation on the introduction of mandatory calorie labelling in the out of home sector. The OOH sector in Scotland is defined as including: • Cafes, all types of restaurants, takeaways, pubs/bars, vending machines, workplace canteens, hotels, leisure and entertainment venues. • Supermarkets and convenience... More
    Closed 10 December 2021
  • Food Composition Standards Review

    This consultation concerns proposed amendments to food compositional standards because of the UK’s exit from the EU. The proposed amendments to Scottish domestic legislation enables compliance with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules which provide that imports from some WTO member states (which include EU member states) must not be treated more favourably than imports from others unless this is otherwise established in a free trade agreement (also often referred to as “Most Favoured... More
    Closed 12 October 2021
  • Consultation on the Draft Revised FSS Wild Game Guide

    Introduction The Wild Game Guide (WGG) aims to clearly explain the food hygiene legal requirements that apply to various circumstances in which wild game is hunted and supplied for human consumption, both in fur/feather or as wild game meat. In particular it explains the requirements set out in the European Union (EU) General Food Law Regulation, Regulation (EC) 178/2002, and those in the EU Food Hygiene Regulations, Regulation (EC) 852/2004 and Regulation (EC) 853/2004. ... More
    Closed 24 December 2020
  • Food Standards Scotland Strategy 2021 - 2026

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) would like your views on our new strategy for 2021-26: Protecting Scotland in a Changing Food Landscape FSS is Scotland was established in 2015 as Scotland’s public sector food body. We have a unique role in Government, working independently of Ministers and industry, to provide advice which is impartial, and based on robust science and data. Our remit covers the whole food chain, from farm to fork - including both the food we consume and animal... More
    Closed 21 December 2020
  • Implementation of Improved Allergen Labelling on Prepacked for Direct Sale (PPDS) Foods

    This consultation concerns proposed amendments to the Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014 to require food sold prepacked for direct sale to be labelled with the name of the food and ingredients information. This is intended to improve information to consumers about the allergens and other ingredients in food sold this way. Further information can be found in the Consultation Letter at the bottom of the page. More
    Closed 4 December 2020
  • Implementation of regulations on the uses of animal feed intended for particular nutritional purposes in Scotland

    This consultation concerns a proposed amendment to The Animal Feed (Scotland) Regulations 2010 in order to implement Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/354 of 4 March 2020 on establishing a list of intended uses of animal feed intended for particular nutritional purposes and repealing Directive 2008/38/EC. More
    Closed 2 November 2020
  • The Proposed Food and Feed (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations

    This consultation concerns proposed technical amendments to food and feed safety and hygiene, food compositional standards, labelling and nutrition labelling domestic legislation applying in Scotland to ensure that this legislation can continue to operate after implementation period (IP) completion day and takes into account the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP). The wider implications of the NIP are currently under consideration and are outside the remit of this consultation. ... More
    Closed 12 October 2020
  • Administration and Service Planning - Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2020

    The new Administration and Service Planning - Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) 2020 (hereafter referred to as the Administration and Service Planning Code 2020) is being introduced as part of phase 3 of the Food Law Code of Practice review. The Administration and Service Planning Code incorporates the following changes: Alignment with Food Standards Scotland’s Regulatory Strategy. Alignment to reflect Food Standards Scotland’s Strategy to... More
    Closed 5 October 2020
  • Centralised Animal Feed Official Controls Delivery Model

    The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on the proposal to implement a centralised model for the delivery of animal feed official controls which will see functions transferred from LAs to FSS. Information on the proposal is contained in the Consultation Letter and BRIA (downloads). Further information on ongoing work in the feed sector can be viewed here on the FSS Scotland website Currently, LAs are legally required to deliver official controls and... More
    Closed 8 July 2020
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