Scottish bakery fined after boy almost dies from allergic reaction

Nevis Bakery Limited, based in Inverness-shire has been fined £6,000 at Belfast Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to failing to provide information on an allergenic ingredient - namely eggs - on its Empire biscuits.

The firm also admitted to putting the biscuits that were deemed unsafe and considered injurious to health to a specific category of consumers on the market. They were also ordered to pay over £3,000 legal costs.

Perishable exports "should have priority” in no-deal Brexit

Scotland's transport secretary is urging the UK Government to ensure that time-sensitive exports are given priority in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Michael Matheson MSP has written to his UK counterpart Chris Grayling asking that critical exports such as Scottish seafood are given priority access to the additional ferry capacity secured by the UK Government when it is not being used to transport essential supplies.

Veggie alternatives cannot carry meat product names under new EU food labelling proposal

Under proposals approved by a group of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), meat-alternative food products cannot carry meat product and meat preparation names such as burgers and steaks.

The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee met on 1 April to vote on the first proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020. Amendments to the common market organisation (CMO) for agricultural products garnered 29 votes in favour to seven against, and one abstention.

REHIS Annual Environmental Forum 2019- programme released

The programme for the REHIS Annual Environmental Health Forum 2019 has now been released.

The REHIS Annual Environmental Health Forum provides all Environmental Health Professionals in both the public and private sectors an opportunity to maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills and competence.

Preparing for Brexit: an Environmental Health Overview

Unless a withdrawal agreement is approved (or Article 50 is delayed), the UK will leave the European Union with no negotiated exit - and in a second everything will change.

In Scotland food, health and safety, and environmental protection, regulation has been driven by the EU. There are over 50 separate EU Directives and Regulations alone that govern food standards in the UK, whilst more than 40% of all legislation coming out of EU is food related. 

Below is some information and helpful additional sources of information to help prepare for Brexit. 


Vintage gas masks and asbestos

Concerns have been raised about the sale of World War II gas masks on the internet, as WW II gas masks and World War I “Brodie” helmets may contain asbestos.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has previously advised schools, that it was not appropriate for children or teachers to wear or handle a Second World War gas mask unless it can be clearly demonstrated that the particular mask does not contain asbestos. ​

Hospitalisation and deaths linked to the consumption of DNP

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has issued an alert to colleagues including Environmental Health teams regarding recent hospitalisations and deaths reported across the UK relating to the consumption of 2,4- Dinitrophenol (DNP).

Statement from Food Standards Scotland, the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee & the Specialist Cheesemaker’s Association on Guidance on the production of cheese made from unpasteurised milk

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC) met with the Specialist Cheesemaker’s Association (SCA) recently (6 March 2019) to discuss the concerns raised by some of the SCA’s members regarding guidance for Environmental Health Officers on the production of cheese made from raw (unpasteurised) milk in Scotland.

Scottish Government launch campaign to reduce alcohol harm

On March 11th 2019, the Scottish Government launched Count 14, a national alcohol public information campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the recommended alcohol limits, as research shows only around a fifth of people in Scotland (17 per cent) know what they are.

The ‘Count 14’ awareness campaign has been developed to demonstrate what 14 units actually means in terms of alcoholic drinks, in a bid to encourage people to think about how their weekly drinking adds up.

Scottish councils must make 'fundamental changes' says public spending watchdog

“Fundamental change” is required to ensure Scotland’s councils deliver services in the face of ever decreasing funding, according to the local authority public spending watchdog.

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