Consultation on the Introduction of Compliance Notices

Closed 16 Dec 2021

Opened 21 Oct 2021

Results updated 18 Mar 2022

Consultation responses to proposal to introduce a new Compliance Notice for Food Standards

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) issued an 8 week public consultation from 21 October to 16 December 2022 on our proposal to introduce a new Compliance Notice for breaches of Food Standards. The main aims of the consultation were seek the views of food businesses, enforcement authorities, consumers and other stakeholders on the proposal to confirm the introduction of a Compliance Notice for Food Standards would benefit officers who enforce food law and help to improve business compliance and also to gain an understanding of how the notices might impact food businesses and LA resources.


The introduction of a new Compliance Notice will provide AOs with a formal enforcement notice for food standards, ensuring the same graduated approach that is currently available for food hygiene is also available for food standards. It is proposed that the new Compliance Notice could make better use of AO and the court system’s time and potentially have the breaches remediated in a shorter timescale, thus improving business compliance and consumer safety.


The report below lays out the responses received on the proposal, which were supportive of the introduction of the new Compliance Notice, and in addition, supported the further investigation of a Compliance Notice for all food law. All feedback has been taken on board.


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


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: 

  1.   Food Standards (food information, composition, standards, novel foods and food for specific groups); 
  2.   Food Hygiene (at a later date) 

Details of the proposals can be found in Annex A - Consultation letter and partial BRIA towards the bottom of this page.


Why your views matter

We are seeking the views of enforcement authorities, food businesses, consumers, other stakeholders and the wider public in order to gather feedback on the proposal to introduce Compliance Notices.

Feedback will be considered in the further development of the proposals.

What happens next

Consultation responses will be analysed and feedback will be provided following the consultation.


  • Consumer
  • Food Manafacturer
  • Food Producer
  • Retailer
  • Enforcer
  • Academic
  • Fisherman
  • Farmer
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Local Authority
  • Public Analyst Laboratory
  • Commerical Food Testing Laboratory
  • Public Health Professional
  • Consumer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Government
  • Consumer
  • Government
  • Food Industry
  • Public Health Practitioner
  • Local Authority
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Scientist
  • Consumer
  • Government Department
  • Scientific Advisory Commitee
  • Research Council
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Local Authority
  • Public analyst laboratory
  • Commercial food testing laboratory
  • Public health professional
  • Consumer
  • Government department
  • Local authority
  • Primary producer
  • Farmer
  • Scottish Government
  • Egg Poultry Unit
  • Public Health Division
  • FSA
  • Police Scotland
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • HMRC
  • local authority
  • Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health


  • Microbiological safety of food
  • chemical safety of food
  • radiological safety of food
  • food authenticity
  • adulteration of food
  • food surveillance
  • environmental monitoring
  • foodborne illness
  • information storage
  • diet
  • health