Since the vote to leave the EU on June 23, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has been working with partners and stakeholders to begin to scope out what the result means for the organisation and for food and feed regulation in Scotland.
We are in regular contact with the Scottish Government and other government departments across the UK, as well as our sister organisation the Food Standards Agency, to discuss the issues relating to food in light of both the referendum result and the commitment of the Scottish Government to protecting Scotland’s relationship with Europe.
The economic wellbeing of the Scottish food and drink sectors is underpinned by effective regulation of safety and standards, whether operating in the domestic, EU or wider global markets. Our legal obligations as a regulator, and the statutory obligation we have to Scottish consumers to work in their best interests, will be placed front and centre of all our work and discussions with others, as outlined in our Strategy and Corporate Plan.
The vast majority of food and animal feed law originates from the EU. In the interests of consumers, business and stakeholders, FSS will work with and provide advice to the Scottish Government to ensure that whatever the outcome of the negotiations with the EU, the highest levels of food safety and food standards will be maintained.
Throughout this period of change, we will continue to work towards delivering our vision: to create a food and drink environment in Scotland that benefits, protects and is trusted by consumers.
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