Consumers

Our role as the public 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

  • 15 April 2015

    Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend the first FSS Board meeting, to be held at FSS offices in Aberdeen at 9 a.m. on 22 April 2015.

    Press Release, Corporate, Food Hygiene, Nutrition, Regulation, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Older people, Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers
  • 01 April 2015

    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.

    Press Release, Corporate, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, Nutrition, All business, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers
  • 29 March 2015

    On 20 March the Food Standards Agency published the findings of a study which looked at reactions to the sweetener aspartame in people who have reported symptoms in the past compared to people with no reported symptoms.

    News & Updates, Food Standards, Additives & E numbers, Manufacturers, Catering & Retail, Information for Consumers, Local Authorities, Health Professionals

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