Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a consultation on the introduction of new food compliance notices (CNs), which are intended to help enforcement officers deal more fairly and quickly with suspected contraventions of rules on food standards, such as incorrect or fraudulent product labelling.
In the event of any suspected food standards regulation breach by a business, intentional or not, local authority food enforcement officers currently have limited powers, other than to submit a report to the Procurator Fiscal (PF), or serve a seizure and detention notice to remove potentially harmful or non-compliant products from the market. FSS are currently seeking the views of local authority enforcement officers who inspect food businesses and enforce food legislation, food businesses across sectors, such as manufacturing, packaging and labelling of food products, catering, and retailers, and consumers. The consultation is open until 16 December 2021.
Source: FSS, 25 October 2021