Food Standards Scotland - Eat Well Your Way

With research showing the average daily intake of fruit and veg in Scotland is only 2.9 portions, compared to the recommended 5 a day, making bigger changes or setting difficult food goals could be unachievable for some Scottish households.

To help tackle Scotland’s poor diet and support them on this journey FSS, along with partner organisations, has developed a new online guide – It’s designed to help you make small, manageable changes to your diet in a way that suits you. 

REHIS Secondary Schools Initiative co-funded by REHIS and FSS

REHIS and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are both continuing their £50,000 annual backing for vital national secondary school food safety qualifications that have now been taken by more than 75,000 pupils over the past seven years.

The REHIS Schools Initiative is available to all secondary schools in Scotland for pupils aged between 13 and 18 and the funding will provide up to 15,000 secondary pupils with the resources to complete the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene course and the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course in 2022.

Emerging Legionella Species Data

In July 2021, the Legionella Control Association (LCA), in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Public Health England (PHE) and Local Authorities, held a webinar aimed at raising awareness of increasing Legionella positivity rates post lockdown.  The data demonstrated that the average positive rate in the UK had increased by around 2% following the lockdowns in response to COVID-19.

Scottish Household Survey - Environmental Health Officer’s involvement

From 2012 the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) has incorporated the Scottish House Condition Survey that has run since 1991. The SHS is the largest survey in Scotland, and is the only national survey to link the physical condition of Scotland's homes to the experiences of householders. It works by linking household information gathered during a social interview with details from a physical survey of the property conducted by a surveyor. 

The key objectives of the physical survey element are:

Scottish Government launches consultation on tightening rules on advertising and promoting vaping products

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into additional controls to limit the advertising and promotion of vaping products in Scotland. Devices, such as electronic cigarettes, have become popular over the past decade as an alternative to smoking tobacco.

Free webinar - Is a heat pump right for you?

The Scottish Government’s interest-free SME loan scheme is currently providing up to £10,000 cashback grants for the installation of heat pumps.

This could be your ticket to lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint. 

Join this webinar to find out more and to learn:

•       How heat pumps work. 

•       The benefits a heat pump provides (financial, operational, carbon).

•       If a heat pump could be an energy saving solution for your business.

Funeral arrangements for Martin Keeley

The Service to Give Thanks for the Life of Martin Dominic Keeley is on Thursday 10 February at 2pm at the Linn Crematorium, 413 Lainshaw Dr, Glasgow G45 9SP. Afterwards, at the church hall, Parish of Christ the King Glasgow, 220 Carmunnock Road, Glasgow G44 5AP. To which all family and friends are respectfully invited.

No flowers please.
If desired, donations can be made, in Martin’s memory, to either the Outward Bound Trust in Scotland or the British Heart Foundation

Reminder for FCCOs to enrol on training course by 31 March 2022

This is a reminder that Food Competent Certifying Officers (FCCOs) need to enrol for training by 31 March 2022.

The online training course was launched on 30 November 2021 and has been developed by APHA and Defra to help FCCOs in their role of certifying Products of Animal Origin (POAO) to the EU and the rest of the world.

The training will enable current FCCOs to revalidate their existing authorisation and Local Authority (LA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) officers to qualify as new FCCOs.

Omicron measures to be lifted

Additional measures aimed at stemming the spread of the Omicron variant whilst the vaccination booster programme took effect are to be lifted.

From 05:00 Monday 24 January, restrictions including one metre physical distancing in hospitality and leisure settings and table service in hospitality venues will not be required and attendance limits at indoor events will be removed. Non-professional indoor contact sports will also resume.

Plans to ban glue traps in Scotland

Legislation to end the harmful practice of setting ‘glue traps’ is to be brought forward by the Scottish Government in order to protect animal welfare.

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