Scotland to bolster food safety laws after horse meat scandal
A bill will create a new food body with the ability to seize food that is not compliant with safety regulations.
Scotland will pass a new bill creating a food safety enforcement body focused on consumer protection. The Food Standards Scotland Bill includes the power to seize food that isn't compliant with regulations, and will expand meat traceability and testing.
"The horsemeat scandal severely dented consumer confidence here in Scotland and across Europe," says public health minister Michael Matheson. "People rightly wanted to see improvements made from the horsemeat scandal and these recommendations will allow progress to be made quickly."