Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the public sector food body for Scotland, launches today, 1 April 2015 and takes over the responsibilities previously carried out in Scotland by the Food Standards Agency with an increased role in regards to healthy eating.
Western Isles Council is the lead in the Hebridean Sea Salt investigation and Food Standards Scotland has a supporting role.
We would not normally disclose the details of an active and ongoing investigation. However, given the coverage of this case, we believe it is now in the public interest to disclose the issues that are under investigation. This is not simply a case of mis-labelling. Investigations discovered that over 80% of the salt found in Hebridean Sea Salt did not originate in the Hebrides, but was imported table salt.
It is extremely concerning that there are 3,800 cases of bowel cancer every year in Scotland, with about 1,600 people who actually die from this horrible disease. And the figures link 4,800 cases of bowel cancer over the past 10 years to obesity. Obesity and serious illnesses such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and diet-related cancers are currently estimated to cost the Scottish economy £2.37 billion a year, but this does not take into account the long-lasting impact they have on individuals and their families.
I spend half my time working as Chief Scientific Advisor for Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the rest of my time working for the University of Aberdeen. How and why is what I do at the University useful in my FSS work?
By way of an example, my recent published work on helping to understand Listeriosis across Europe links directly to my food safety role at FSS.