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Scotland to ease regulations to improve food businesses

Zoom in font  Zoom out font Published: 2012-05-23  Origin: FBR  Views: 134
Core Tip: Scotland would ease the burden of regulations and standards, in order to support growth of food and drink businesses, according to Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead.
Symposium 2012, which evaluated regulation and standards in food, was jointly held by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation, the Institute of Food Science & Technology and the Royal Environment Health Institute of Scotland. It is a tenth annual industry event, which was held last week in Glasgow.

The event included representatives from local and national Government, industry, and health, education and regulatory bodies, who discussed challenges associated with regulation, audits and industry standards and the impact on consumers and Scottish business.

The event highlighted that rather than more regulation, better regulation was required to meet address social or environmental needs, while supporting the growth of food and drink businesses in Scotland.

Co-operation was recognised as an essential aspect to ensure improvements in food safety and hygiene.

In addition, the event outlined challenges for international trade including complexities of export certification and difficulties in comprehending global regulatory requirements in national, supra-national and global contexts.

It was recognised that variations in local regulations with regards to labelling, traceability documentation, and quality and safety statements, usually acted as a barrier for UK food businesses seeking to do businesses beyond Europe.

Richard Lochhead said the success and the reputation of the Scotland's food and drink industry is supported and protected by a framework of regulations and standards, and the work done by the enforcement bodies is vital.

"But it is important that we in Government balance the benefits and burdens of regulation and standards," Lochhead added.
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