A REPORT ON how well the Scottish Government dealt with the horsemeat scandal and the lessons learned as a result has been published.
Led by former Chief Vet Professor Jim Scudamore, the report outlines a number of recommendations for the Scottish Government, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland and local authorities.
It also suggested that a new food body be set up, though ultimately concluded that the scandal was handled well in Scotland.
Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson, who commissioned the report said:
“I’d like to thank Professor Scudamore and the expert advisory group for their hard work in producing this comprehensive report.
“It’s reassuring the see that the group found that there was widespread agreement that the issue had been well handled in Scotland, and that all parties had worked well together.
“However, the study also found that a wide spectrum of lessons could be identified from the horsemeat issue. From developing a better understanding of the supply chain, to improving surveillance and consumer engagement, we must now work to make sure that we can deliver the best possible food standards and safety regime for Scotland.”
The Scottish Government and the FSA in Scotland is expected to publish responses to the report after the summer recess.