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


  • 22 February 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:

    • Minutes and Action Log from 14 December 2016 Board Meeting

    News & Updates, Board, Food Standards, All business, Information for Consumers
  • 20 February 2017

    Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has today published a summary of food product recalls or withdrawals between October and December 2016.

    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
  • 17 February 2017

    Food Standards Scotland has today (17 February 2017) issued three shellfish consultations as part of a wider review to ensure effective and sustainable future official controls delivery.

    News & Updates, Fish, Food Safety, Food Standards, Shellfish, All business, Information for Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Local Authorities, Manufacturers

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