Scrutiny of Food Standards Scotland


About the evidence session

Food Standards Scotland is accountable to the Parliament in relation to its performance, value for money and meeting of objectives.  Food Standards Scotland falls within the remit of the Health and Sport Committee.


Ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, the Health and Sport Committee has been considering a number of SI notifications from the Scottish Government.  These notifications are requesting the approval of the Scottish Parliament to the exercise of powers by UK Ministers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 in relation to proposals within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

This has included several tranches of food related UK statutory instruments notifications for consideration of the following areas:

  • Foodstuffs and Hygiene Regulations
  • Food, Animal Feed and Health, GM and Novel Foods Regulations
  • Food Imports, Materials, Sprouts, Food Additives Regulations 

Full details of all correspondence and considerations by the Committee of the above statutory notifications can be found on our main UK Statutory Instruments - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 webpage.

The role of Food Standards Scotland has been raised during the Committee's consideration of these notifications.

The Committee agreed at its meeting on Tuesday 20 November 2018 to invite representatives of Food Standards Scotland to give evidence on Tuesday 18 December on a number of themes and issues emerging from the Committee's consideration of the food related statutory instruments, namely:

Ahead of the evidence session on Tuesday 18 December 2018, we received the following submissions from Food Standards Scotland:


Following the evidence session on Tuesday 18 December, Food Standards Scotland agreed to write to the Committee to address a number of issues raised during the meeting, specifically in relation to the implications for Food Standards Scotland and food safety for Scotland following EU Withdrawal and the alert systems in place.  We received a response on 4 February 2019.

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