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Food Standards Scotland to Launch on April 1

Food Standards Scotland is set to start on April 1. The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up the stand-alone body passed the Scottish Parliament in early December and received Royal Assent — meaning that the queen formally agrees to make the bill into law — on Jan. 13. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will take over… Continue Reading

Scotland’s Food Safety Challenges Remain Regardless of Vote Outcome

Scots will continue to have an appetite for porridge and kippers after yesterday’s independence vote, but also remaining despite the outcome are Scotland’s food safety challenges. Foodborne illnesses strike about 132,000 Scots annually, sending 2,330 to hospitals and causing about 50 deaths. Who gets the bill for those damages — about 140 million British pounds… Continue Reading

NHS Report: E. coli Outbreak at Scottish Concert Venue Caused by Undercooked Burgers

An outbreak of E. coli O157 Verotoxin-producing E. coli (VETC) which sickened 22 people at the SSE Hydro concert venue in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this year was caused by undercooked beef burgers, according to a report from the Public Health Protection Unit, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The report states that 19 of the 22… Continue Reading

Seven Sick With E. Coli From Scottish Arena

The health board in West Central Scotland is investigating seven cases of E. coli O157 possibly linked to burgers from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow. The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) issued a statement Friday alerting anyone who attended events at the Hydro between Jan. 17 and Jan. 25 and has experienced stomach… Continue Reading

E. coli Conference: Research Should Focus on the Source

The report from the so-called “supershedders” conference on the future of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) research — held recently in Scotland — is out. It identifies key knowledge gaps and recommends areas for future research. The workshop stemmed from the controversial 2005 E. coli outbreak in South Wales and was organized by the Food Standards… Continue Reading

E. coli O157:H7 Kills 8-Year-Old Scottish Girl

Recently visited the United States

The National Health Service in the United Kingdom does not yet know the source of an infection of E. coli O157:H7 that resulted in the death of an 8-year-old Scottish girl. The deceased Rachel Shaw recently returned from visiting her father, 34-year old Adam Shaw in the United States, where she may have contracted the… Continue Reading