What has Food Standards Scotland been doing to prepare for Brexit?
Since 2016, FSS has been discussing and planning for Brexit as far as we can and its possible implications for public health, the food supply chain and our organisation.
FSS is best placed to ensure the continued protection of food safety in relation to public health. This remains our priority.
Whilst it isn’t possible to predict exactly what might happen as a result of the UK leaving the EU with no deal, FSS has been working with other parts of government and with the food industry to try to understand these impacts and to ensure that whatever action is taken, the public’s interests continue to be prioritised.
Some of the key activities we have undertaken to date include:
Working with colleagues in Scotland and across the UK to bring EU food law into UK law, and making changes to domestic food law to make sure it continues to work after the UK leaves the EU.
Talking to consumers to better understand their views about Brexit and food.
Commissioning research to understand the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit on Scottish food chains.
Working with others to develop proposals for UK-wide frameworks on how we may work collaboratively across the UK in future.
Contributing to UK-wide research which will assist in assessing UK laboratory capacity for food and feed purposes.
Read details of the Scottish Government's preparation for 'no deal' Brexit and planning work to date, and proposed mitigations to deal with the impact on Scotland of a 'no deal' exit from the European Union.