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Scotland To Strengthen Food Safety Legislation

November 20, 2013

The Scottish Government?s Food Standards Scotland Bill will include special measures designed to protect consumers in the wake of the horse meat scandal. The legislation which will create a new food body for Scotland aims to make it compulsory to report non-compliance with regulations covering food fraud as well as giving inspectors powers to seize food that does not meet food standards or labeling rules. The changes have been recommended by two Expert Advisory Groups led by former Chief Vet Professor, Jim Scudamore, and Roy Jones. Earlier this year the Scottish Government also invested ?1 million into the development of a multi-species livestock database aimed at improving traceability and made additional funding available to extend meat testing.

Scottish Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson, is fully behind the moves, saying; ?The horse meat scandal severely dented consumer confidence here in Scotland and across Europe. That is why the Scottish Government and our partners, including the Food Standards Agency (FSA), are taking tough action to protect consumers and ensure food quality and safety,” FSA Chief Executive Catherine Brown is keeping a close eye on developments in Scotland with the aim of introducing a UK wide action plan. ?We look forward now to progressing this work, as part of the FSA?s UK-wide action plan to address relevant recommendations from the reviews into the horsemeat incident that have been commissioned in different parts of the UK,? she said.?

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