Local Authority Information & Guidance

Useful information published on our website that can be used by local authorities and business. 

We have a range of useful information published on our website that can be used by local authorities and business. 

CookSafe

CookSafe helps catering businesses understand and implement systems based on Hazard and Critical Control Point (HACCP). Using the CookSafe manual, you can develop HACCP-based procedures that fit your needs.

View the full list of CookSafe publications. 

RetailSafe

RetailSafe has been designed for retailers handling unwrapped high-risk foods. It has been designed to assist with compliance with the food hygiene regulations and is built on the CookSafe approach and structure.

ButcherSafe

ButcherSafe is for butchers who handle or produce both raw and ready-to-eat food. This manual places strong emphasis on the control and protection of ready-to-eat food.

HACCP

MyHACCP can guide businesses through the process of developing a food safety management system based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. The free web tool will help them develop a food safety management system that demonstrates how businesses identify and control hazards that may occur during the manufacturing process.

Vac Pac Guidance 

This guidance is applicable to all raw and ready-to-eat vacuum packed or modified atmosphere packed chilled foods, and provides advice to manufacturers on how to produce these foods safely. In addition an online training course which includes information on the hazards associated with vacuum packing and modified atmosphere packing, the causes and growth of Clostridium botulinum and the control.

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The Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014

These Regulations make provision for a purpose mentioned in section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972,

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Guidance

​Wild game guides and HACCP

The Wild Game Guide (WGG) provides information on the hygiene regulations for food businesses that supply wild game and for people who hunt wild game and supply it either in-fur or in-feather or as small quantities of wild game meat.

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Eat Safe Award

Information for businesses about the Eat Safe Award scheme.

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Guidance

Manual for Official Controls

The Manual for Official Controls (MOC) provides details of the tasks, responsibilities and duties of Food Standards Scotland (FSS) staff and veterinary contractors undertake in approved establishments.

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Regulation & Legislation

On this page you can find information on important aspects of food and feed law and our role as a Scottish regulator.

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Enforcement letter

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Labelling & Composition Standards

Food Standards Scotland has policy responsibility for food information, food labelling, food standards and nutrition labelling in Scotland.

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Imports & Exports

If you’re importing or exporting food, you need to comply with regulations. Failure to do so could cause enforcement authorities to take action.

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Audit & Monitoring

Food Standards Scotland audits Local Authority food and feed enforcement activities and publishes reports of our findings.

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Food allergies

Most allergic reactions to food are mild, but some can be very serious. A small amount of the food concerned can trigger a reaction.

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About the Food Hygiene Information Scheme

Find out more about your favourite restaurants, cafés and takeaways. 

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Codes of Practice

​Food Law Code of Practice 2015

This practice guidance is issued by the Food Standards Agency in Scotland (FSA) to assist Food Authorities with the discharge of their statutory duty to enforce relevant food law

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