Standalone FSA welcomed for Scotland
SCOTLAND is one step closer to getting its standalone Scottish Food Standards Agency (FSA) after an independent panel of experts favoured the move.
The panel was set up following the UK Government’s decision in 2010 to absorb some of the policy areas overseen in England by the FSA, a UK-wide body, back into Whitehall departments.
The review panel was asked to consider the feasibility of establishing a dedicated Scottish FSA, and also the merits of establishing a standalone meat inspection delivery service in Scotland.
The panel said it was satisfied a standalone Agency would offer the best outcome for Scotland’s long term interests, offering ‘certainty’ and ‘flexibility’.
Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) president Alan Craig said: “While the implementation itself will require careful management, we believe there is now an opportunity for the whole meat chain to embrace genuine operational harmony and a truly positive partnership between industry and regulators.”
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren added: “The Scottish red meat industry is working hard to improve efficiency and reduce waste in every link of the production chain and the introduction of a separate meat inspection service for Scotland makes total sense in terms of efficiency and cost.”