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


  • 19 April 2017

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has today published a summary of food product recalls or withdrawals between January to March 2017.

    News & Updates, Food Safety, Food Standards, Incidents, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Scientists & Researchers
  • 18 April 2017

    “Food Standards Scotland takes animal welfare extremely seriously and actively monitors compliance in all approved slaughterhouses in Scotland.

    News & Updates, Food Standards, Meat & Livestock, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Local Authorities, Media
  • 10 April 2017

    As Food Standards Scotland (FSS) research* reveals that eight out of ten people in Scotland are highly concerned with food poisoning, but less concerned with food hygiene in the home, the food body is taking food safety and nutrition advice to the Edinburgh International Science Festival, in a bid to bridge this gap.

    Press Release, Food Hygiene, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Science & Evidence, Information for Consumers, Local Authorities, Media, Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers

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