A food incident occurs when there are concerns about threats to the safety or quality of food and/or feed.
During an incident, Food Standards Scotland will intervene where necessary to protect consumers' interests.
Incident Management Plan
The Incident Management Plan (IMP) outlines Food Standards Scotland’s plans and procedures for fulfilling our responsibilities in response to Scottish non-routine food/feed-related incidents that are led by Food Standards Scotland.
This IMP will be reviewed regularly to reflect procedural amendments which may be identified during incident handling, emergency exercises and discussions with stakeholders.
The FSS IMP is aligned with The Food Standards Agency’s Incident Management Plan, which outlines how UK-wide food/feed incidents are managed.
Food Standards Scotland maintains an official audit trail during the investigation of a food incident. We also arrange the issue of food alerts to local authorities, other government departments, trade organisations, and Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) notifications to the European Commission.
Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed
The European Commission RASFF allows authorities to exchange information about measures taken when responding to serious risks detected in relation to food or feed. This exchange of information helps European member states to act more rapidly and in a coordinated way.
Single Liaison Body notifications
Food authorities should provide information about trans-border food issues to Food Standards Scotland under the Single Liaison Body (SLB) system using this form.
The role of the SLB is to:
- assist and coordinate communication between member states on food issues
- forward complaints and requests for information to member states
- receive incoming requests for assistance and direct these to the appropriate originating local or port health authority
- resolve difficulties in communication and liaison