Consumers

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.

Our role as the public sector food body for Scotland is to make sure you have the information you need to make an informed choice when it comes to the food you and your family are eating.

For safe food…

It’s vital that you know the food you’re eating is safe. We’re here to look at the entire food chain, from farm to fork, and ensure that high standards of hygiene and safety are maintained at every step. Visit our advice pages for help keeping your food safe.

Whether you’re eating out or in, we’re here to give you information and advice to decide where and what to eat. If you’re eating out or getting a takeaway, look at the food hygiene information scheme and eatsafe awards for restaurants and shops – check out over 45,000 food businesses across Scotland.

We’re also here to give you information on what you should look out for if you or someone you know has a food allergy or intolerance.

You need to be sure the food you’re eating is authentic, and by that we mean that you know the food you’re eating is what it says it is. See our pages on food labels and food fraud.

…and healthy eating

We are all aware that a healthy diet is important, but we’re here to help with clear advice on what we should and shouldn’t eat, and what a healthy diet looks like.

Knowing the advice and putting it into practice can be two very different things. Eatwell everyday makes it easier for you put together a week-long healthy eating plan. It’s based on scientific evidence and advice and shows you the proportions of the major food groups to base a healthy diet around.

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

Report an incident

Guidance and Information

News

  • 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, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Older people, Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers
  • 23 March 2017
    •  55% of Scots want to know more about where their food comes from
    •  47% of Scottish consumers are worried the food they buy is not what it states on the packaging
    Press Release, Food Fraud, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, Information for Consumers, Health Professionals, Media
  • 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, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Media

Publications & Resources

  • March 2017

    The latest Food Standard’s Scotland (FSS) Board meeting was held yesterday where the Board discussed a range of items across FSS’s remit.

    Publications, Board, Corporate, Food Standards, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers
  • March 2017

    The next Board meeting will be held at our Food Standards Scotland offices in Aberdeen: Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL on 08th March 2017. The meeting will begin at 10.30 am and run until approximately 15.00 pm.

    The meeting will cover:

    Publications, Board, Corporate, Food Standards, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Scientists & Researchers
  • February 2017
    Publications, Approvals, Food Hygiene, Food Safety, Food Standards, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities