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THE Scottish Government has decided to establish a new body to oversee food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labelling and meat inspection in Scotland.
The decision follows a recommendation made by Jim Scudamore, a former UK chief veterinary officer, who was commissioned by the Scottish Government to review the feasibility of establishing such a body after the UK Government decided to move responsibility for nutrition and food labelling in England from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to the Department of Health and Defra. In his report, which was published earlier this year (VR, April 14, 2012, vol 170, p 378), Professor Scudamore recommended that a new, stand-alone public body to deal with …
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