Food Standards Scotland

The owner of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd. told a court this week that her business did not test its products for a harmful strain of E.coli that claimed the life of a 3-year-old child during a 2016 outbreak.

Selina Cairns said her firm did not carry out spot checks on the raw milk used in…

The events that led to the death of a Scottish child, who was among 20 people infected with E. coli O157 (VTEC), began with the July 29 “precautionary recall” of two batches of Dunsyre Blue cheese suspected of containing the pathogen. Recalled were the “C22” batch with best-before dates of July 19-26 and the “D14”…

Venison_406x250Scotland’s health agencies are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infection associated with the consumption of venison products. As of Sept. 4, 2015, there were nine cases of infection with the same strain of E. coli O157 PT32 reported across Scotland. All of those sickened either consumed venison products, such as steaks, grillsteaks, sausages and…

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-scotland-image21567688Effective April 1, Scotland has established its own food safety agency, taking the responsibility of food safety regulation out from under the oversight of the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency. Food Standards Scotland is intended to focus on the unique food safety needs of Scotland, said Maureen Watt, the country’s public health minister. Responsibilities of…

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…