Richard Lochead

  • New legislation announced in the wake of the horsemeat scandal

    NEW LEGISLATION has been announced to give officers greater enforcement powers to seize products that do not meet food standards or labelling rules.   The legislation will be introduced as part of the Scottish Government Food Standards Scotland Bill which… Read More

  • Separation anxiety

    FOOD AND hospitality companies in Scotland should not be afraid of new laws requiring them to separate their food waste. Footprint reports from the Food Waste 2013 conference in Edinburgh.                    … Read More

  • School meals: Price ‘three times’ more important than quality

    THE TENDERING process for school catering in Scotland has come under attack during a debate in Scottish Parliament yesterday.   According to Labour MSP Claire Baker, price is “three times” more important to a contract than quality. Baker has urged… Read More

  • Scottish government boasts local food uptake

    ALMOST HALF the food and drink served up by Scotland’s public sector organisations is now Scottish, according to figures just published on the 2009/10 financial year.     Public sector food and drink procurement contracts were worth £150 million in… Read More

  • Concern over mackerel stock

    THE SCOTTISH Government is becoming increasingly “frustrated” by the continued over-fishing of the mackerel stock by Iceland and the Faroes.   Scientific advice points to the need for a cut in quota Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the two… Read More