This notification was received by REHIS and its purpose is to inform you that the Regulations noted below have come into force.

The Regulations provide authorised officers (AO) in food law with an additional enforcement option to rectify any breaches in food information or food composition standards. The Food Scotland Act 2015 s.42 and s.43 gave powers to bring into force the Compliance Notice.

This will allow AOs who carry out official controls in food law, the flexibility to take a more graduated and proportionate approach to enforcing food labelling and composition standards regulations. Before the introduction of this notice, the only formal option AOs had was to submit a report to the Procurator Fiscal, which was found in some incidents to be disproportionate to the breach.

The Food (Scotland) Act 2015 (Compliance Notice) Regulations 2023 have come into force (