Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is Scotland’s national food industry regulator and works across the food chain with food businesses and industry to ensure that food is safe to eat and meets regulatory standards.
Today 4 September we have published our Regulatory Strategy setting out the organisation’s central role in supporting and regulating the food sector in Scotland. The work we undertake in this area supports the delivery of one of FSS’s strategic priorities: allowing responsible food businesses to flourish. Food businesses that operate responsibly and protect consumers’ interests should benefit from risk-based and proportionate regulation, whilst effective, proportionate and dissuasive action should be taken with those businesses who do not step up to their responsibilities to consumers.
Scotland has a thriving food and drink sector with a reputation for excellence both at home and abroad. FSS has an important role to play in supporting that reputation by ensuring the sector is underpinned by a robust regulatory system for food safety and standards, whether operating in the domestic, EU or wider global markets.
Looking ahead, our Regulatory Strategy provides a framework for modernising the food and feed regulatory system in Scotland so it can remain robust, effective and sustainable for the future. FSS looks forward to working with stakeholders and partners in progressing this important programme of work.