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Scotland to introduce new powers to seize mislabelled food

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NEW enforcement powers allowing the seizure of food that does not meet food standards or labelling rules are to be introduced in Scotland following the horsemeat scandal earlier this year.

The Scottish Government announced on November 15 that it will be including the new powers in the forthcoming Food Standards Scotland Bill, which will create a new food body for Scotland. The legislation will also make the reporting of non-compliance with food standards regulations compulsory, to deal with the issue of food fraud.

The announcement came in response to reports by two expert groups, which were commissioned by the Scottish Government following the discovery of horsemeat in ‘beef’ products. An expert advisory group, led by Jim Scudamore, a former UK chief veterinary officer, was asked by Scotland's public health minister Michael …

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