Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2015

FSA Scotland, 22 January 2015

SCOTLAND - Food Standards Scotland Board appointed

The Scottish Minister for Public Health announced on 20 January 2015 the appointment of seven board members for Food Standards Scotland, the new food body which takes over the functions of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland from 1 April 2015. These appointments follow the appointment in November last year of Ross Finnie as Chair of the body.

The Board members are Mr George Brechin, Ms Marieke Dwarshuis, Mrs Heather Kelman, Dr Carrie Ruxton, Dr Susan Walker, Dr Anne Maree Wallace, and Ms Louise Welsh.  The Board will be working on a ‘shadow’ basis in the run-up to vesting day, and full details of their appointments can be viewed via the 'External sites' link on this page.

Geoff Ogle, Director Scotland, said: ‘The board appointments will bring a wide range of expertise and backgrounds that demonstrate a commitment to protecting consumers and improving the health of the Scottish public, and will put Food Standards Scotland in a strong position as it establishes itself as a trusted authority that continues to provide independent, evidence based advice to consumers and Ministers in Scotland.’

From 1 April 2015. Food Standards Scotland will provide Scotland with regulation and independent advice on food safety and standards, food information and nutrition. The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone food safety, standards and nutrition body in Scotland passed into law when it received Royal Assent on 13 January 2015. This step creates the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 and paves the way for Food Standards Scotland as a legal entity.

For a copy of the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 available on this site, see: Food (Scotland) Act 2015. See also related news item: 13 January 2015 SCOTLAND – Food (Scotland) Act 2015 receives Royal Assent

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