All Business

Food Standards Scotland is involved all along the food chain to ensure that what ends up on your plate is safe and is what it says it is. We are here to help you make informed choices when it comes to what and where to eat.

Whatever your business type, our website has advice on producing safe food. FSS works with the whole food industry – from farming and primary production, manufacture, to retail and catering. We address food safety issues at every stage, providing guidance on best practice and legal requirements.

We have developed a free online tool to help smoked fish producers manage the risk of Listeria contamination.

We provide advice on providing safer food for customers, food hygiene legislation guidance and food allergy and intolerance.

For information on Shellfish, see our Shellfish pages

For the Approved Meat Sector, see our Meat Approvals pages

Information on Animal feed is in our Animal Feed section.

Small and Medium Enterprise

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.

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.

MyHACCP can guide you 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 you develop a food safety management system that demonstrates how your business identifies and controls hazards that may occur during your manufacturing processes.

Consumers in Scotland can see how well food businesses in their area have fared in food hygiene inspections.

The two award schemes in Scotland are Food Hygiene Information Scheme and Eat Safe.

A food incident occurs when there are concerns about the safety or quality of food. If you have concerns, you can:

Report an incident

Guidance and Information


  • 23 March 2017

    Food Standards Scotland is aware that Errington Cheese Ltd has restarted production of cheese. Errington Cheese Ltd was required by South Lanarkshire Council to revise its food safety management system following the E.coli incident of 2016 because of the serious deficiencies that were identified. 

    Press Release, Dairy, Food Hygiene, Food Poisoning, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, Incidents, Information for All business, Catering & Retail, Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Older people, Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers
  • 14 March 2017

    Campylobacter is the biggest cause of food poisoning in Scotland, and research has indicated that 55-75% of cases are associated with chicken.

    News & Updates, Food Hygiene, Food Poisoning, Food Safety, Health, Monitoring, Regulation, Science & Evidence, Information for All business, Catering & Retail, Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Media
  • 13 March 2017
    • Half of all Scots know they treat themselves and their children too often with unhealthy snacks  and sugary drinks
    • Giving up two chocolate biscuits and one can of full sugary drink just one day a week over a year could add up to 16,000 fewer calories
    News & Updates, Corporate, Food Standards, Health, Healthy Eating, Information for All business, Consumers, Health Professionals, Media

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