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A Healthier Scotland: Consultation on Creating a New Food Body

Scottish Ministers have agreed to create a new food safety body for Scotland. This consultation on the role of the new body is an opportunity for consumers and industry to tell the Scottish Government what they think about what the new food body should do, and how food safety and standards should be addressed in Scotland in the future.


ANNEX B: A Healthier Scotland: Consultation on Creating a New Food Body

Responding to this consultation paper

We are inviting written responses to this consultation paper by 22 May 2013. Please send your response with the completed Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below) to:

Newfoodbodyconsultation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or

Karen McCallum-Smith
Public Health Division
Directorate for Chief Medical Officer and Public Health
Room 3.E
St. Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

If you have any queries contact Karen McCallum-Smith on 0131 244 2979.

We would be grateful if you would use the consultation questionnaire provided or could clearly indicate in your response which questions or parts of the consultation paper you are responding to as this will aid our analysis of the responses received.

This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations.

The Scottish Government has an email alert system for consultations, http://register.scotland.gov.uk. This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). It complements, but in no way replaces SG distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SG consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.

Handling your response

We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form which forms part of the consultation questionnaire at Annex D as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library. These will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library by 11 June 2013 and on the Scottish Government consultation web pages by 19 June 2013. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.

What happens next?

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the scope and responsibilities of the new food body. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process by Autumn 2013. Primary legislation will be required, which this consultation will inform. There will also be secondary legislation made at Westminster and the Scottish Parliament.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to:

Name: Karen McCallum-Smith

Address: Public Health Division
Directorate for Chief Medical Officer and Public Health
Room 3.EN
St. Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

E-mail: newfoodbodyconsultation@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Contact

Email: Morris Fraser

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