In 2010, the UK Government took the decision to transfer responsibility for nutrition and food labelling and standards in England from the FSA to the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Following this announcement, Scottish Ministers asked Professor Jim Scudamore to lead an independent review to assess the feasibility of establishing a stand-alone food body in Scotland.
The Scudamore review of the functions of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland was published on 4 April 2012. A link to the Scudamore review is available on the right in ‘External sites’.
Following the recommendations of the review, Scottish Ministers announced in June 2012, that they intended to create a new food body for Scotland that would be responsible for food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labelling, and meat inspection policy and operational delivery. The Scottish Government announcement is available at the link in ‘External sites’.
New primary legislation will be required to establish the new food body. The Scottish Government has begun work on planning the new body, with the full support and co-operation of the FSA.
In September 2013, Scotland’s First Minister unveiled the Scottish Government’s forthcoming legislative programme, which included the Food Standards (Scotland) Bill. The First Minister pledged that the new food body would remain independent from government and would work in the interests of consumers.