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Scotland Government Tightens Food Safety Law

December 18, 2013

The Scotland government is taking initiative on their food safety law, following Europe's wide horsemeat scandal, with a legislation that will create a new food body and will be included in the Food Standards Scotland Bill.

According to the law, officers will be given the power to seize food that does not meet food standards and labeling rules.

Officers will observe food and feed safety standards and will also monitor the traceability and labeling in the red meat sector.

Other action to be taken by the Scottish Government and partners includes:

  • additional Food Standards Agency (FSA) Scotland funding to extend meat testing, with work under way to enable the identification of Scotch-branded beef in future;
  • the preparation of additional guidance on public sector food procurement in Scotland;
  • asking retailers for more clarity on how they label red meat products as Scottish;
  • £1m extra support given earlier this year to Quality Meat Scotland to strengthen consumer awareness of the provenance that underpins the Scotch label;
  • and a further £1m investment, also announced earlier this year, for the development of a multi-species livestock database to improve traceability.