Pregnancy & Children

When you’re pregnant, knowing a bit more about your body’s nutritional needs – including which foods to avoid and not to avoid – can help you and your baby. And just like you, your child's body needs the right foods to give them energy and help their body work properly.

You can visit our our lifestages page for more information on what to eat during pregnancy and with your children.

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.

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.

Guidance and Information

News

  • 11 February 2017

    Food Standards Scotland understands that Errington Cheese Ltd has commenced sale of certain batches of Corra Linn cheese.

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

    Jordan Valley Wholefoods has today (10 February) recalled some of its products due to the undeclared presence of soya.

    News & Updates, Food Allergy, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, Incidents, Regulation, All business, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Older people, Information for Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers
  • 10 February 2017

    Ref: FSS-AA-10-2017  

    Jordan Valley Whole Foods is recalling products because they contain undeclared soya which is not mentioned on the labels. This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to soya.

    Allergy Alerts, Food Allergy, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, Incidents, Labelling, Monitoring, All business, Catering & Retail, Consumers, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Older people, Information for Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education

Publications & Resources

  • October 2016

    This report provides evidence on the out of home food and drink market in Scotland,  including an assessment of how this environment has changed since 2012, as well as foods and drinks most consumed and motivations when eating out.

    The key findings of the report include:

    Publications, Health, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Science & Evidence, All business, Catering & Retail, Consumers, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Media, Information for Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education
  • October 2016

    Food Standards Scotland has today published guidance intended to help organisations in the health and social care sectors to reduce the risk of vulnerable groups contracting Listeriosis. The guidance is also relevant to Environmental Health Practitioners and procurement partners

    Publications, Food Hygiene, Food Poisoning, Food Safety, Food Standards, Health, All business, Catering & Retail, Consumers, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Older people, Information for Pregnancy & Children
  • January 2016

    The next Board meeting will be held at our Food Standards Scotland offices in Aberdeen: Pilgrim House, Old Ford Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL on 20 January 2016, starting at 10:30 am until approximately 14:40 pm.

    The meeting will cover an update on:

    Publications, Corporate, Food Hygiene, Food Safety, Food Standards, Nutrition, All business, Catering & Retail, Consumers, Farming & Primary Production, Health Professionals, Local Authorities, Manufacturers, Media, Older people, Information for Pregnancy & Children, Schools & Education, Scientists & Researchers