On 17 May 2022, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) published two updated free online tools, one to aid fresh produce growers assess their produce growing practices, with the other aimed at helping smoked fish manufacturers assess their fish smoking practices. Each tool has several quick, multiple choice, industry specific assessments, as well as a large collection of resource pages and glossaries.
Both tools, initially published around 2015, used the most recent scientific evidence and legal regulations, and were designed to help relevant food business operators assess their specific working environment, and provide clear and objective advice to reduce the risk of microbiological contamination of their products. At the time, these tools were welcomed by industry and local authorities as providing a concise, web-based resource for providing guidance on the safe production of their products. However, after seven years, there was a need to update the guidance, encompass new evidence, advise on regulatory changes and add further information that has been requested from industry.
Source: FSS, 17 May 2022