Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has opened a public consultation on its proposals for its new strategy for 2021-26.

The draft strategy is titled ‘Protecting Scotland in a Changing Food Environment’, and identifies FSS’s proposed key priorities for the next five years.

The proposals in the strategy sets out how FSS would intend to deliver these priorities, taking account of the external factors that will have an influence on its future role in the food and public health landscape, including EU Exit and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consultation runs until Friday 18 December 2020 and seeks views on FSS’s ambition for Scotland’s food environment and its proposed approach for delivering the new strategy, focussing on five aspirational outcomes:

·       Food is Safe and Authentic

·       Consumers in Scotland have Healthier Diets

·       Responsible Food Businesses are Enabled to Thrive

·       Consumers in Scotland are Empowered to Make Positive Choices about Food

·       FSS is a Trusted Organisation

Representatives from Government, local authorities, the food and drink industry, research and academia, as well as members of the public, are all being encouraged to have their say on Scotland’s food future by taking part in the consultation, and providing feedback on FSS’s goals over the next five years.

Responses will be used to review the current draft. FSS’s aim is that the final version will be framed around a high level vision and a mission statement. It will also outline FSS's purpose, ambition and how it will deliver its priorities to protect the health and well-being of everyone in Scotland. The Strategy will be published in April 2021.

Take part in Food Standards Scotland’s Future Strategy to 2026 public consultation.