Food Standards Agency launches new eatwell plate

The FSA has launched its new eatwell plate to help consumers ensure a balanced diet. The plate which can be accessed on the FSA website at makes healthy eating easier to understand by showing the types and proportions of foods we need to have a healthy well balanced diet.

The 1st All Africa Environmental Health Congress

The 1st All Africa Environmental Health Congress was held in the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya from Monday 27 August until Thursday 30 August, 2007. The Congress attracted approximately 700 delegates from all over Africa and was formally opened by Mrs Charity Kaluk Ngilu MP, Minister of Health, Kenya. Papers were presented by environmental health colleagues from all over the world, including REHIS members Tracy Morse and Tony Grimason. The IFEH AGM and annual Council meeting took place on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the opening of the Congress.

REHIS Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament

The Institute presented a very successful exhibition at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from the 10th to 13th September. The exhibition, which was sponsored by Stewart Maxwell MSP an Honorary Vice President of REHIS, gave MSPs and their researchers an opportunity to discuss a range of issues with Members of the REHIS Council and staff and to find out more about environmental health and the work of the Institute.

A first in Health and Safety training for HMP Edinburgh

HMP Edinburgh is an Approved Training Centre delivering REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Courses for inmates and prison catering staff. Following the successful completion of the first Elementary Health and Safety Course delivered in a Scottish prison Graham Walker, Director of Training took the opportunity to present Paul John Manley and Stewart A Smith, two of the successful course participants, with their REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Certificates.

ACMSF Ad Hoc Group - Report on the Safe Cooking of Burgers

The Ad Hoc Group has reviewed the advice given by the Chief Medical Officer in 1998 on the safe cooking of burgers.In particular, the Group considered whether this advice is still appropriate for consumers,manufacturers,retailers,caterers and suppliers to caterers in light of the differences between the recommended cooking conditions in the UK and the USA.

Joint consultation on the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive and initial Regulatory Impact Assessment.

The Scottish Executive, DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government have jointly issued a consultation on the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive and initial Regulatory Impact Assessment.
The consultation is designed to assist in developing a robust negotiating position on the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive. The consultation paper seeks views on the need for new EU legislation on soil protection, on the scope of the proposed Directive, the costs and benefits associated with it, and on the detail of the proposed provisions.

Environmental Impact Assessment of Reserved Matters Applications-Consultation Paper

The current Scottish Executive consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment of Reserved Matters Applications is open until 19 September 2007.
The Paper sets out the proposals for amending Part 11 of the EIA (Scotland) Regulations 1999 to transpose into Scots law the requirement that consideration must be given to the need for EIA before determining a planning application for approval of reserved matters.
The document can be accessed at:

Communicable Disease Update

Health Protection Scotland and REHIS are pleased to announce that the annual Communicable Disease Update will take place on the 21 August 2007 at the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow.The programme includes sessions on National and International Perspectives,Respiratory Disease and GI Infections.There are also discussion sessions,opportunities to meet other professionals and to share ideas.

Revised Food Safety Guide for Farmers Markets published by FSA Scotland

The revised guide continues to build on existing good practice, and has been updated to reflect the changes following implementation of the EU Food Hygiene Regulations which came into force on January 2006. The guide has been enhanced to include a section on food labelling to cover most food found at farmers markets. The information in the revised guide is designed not only to help market traders and organisers meet food safety requirements, but also to assist traders in the correct labelling of their products to comply with food labelling requirements.


Officials from REHIS and the Food Standards Agency Scotland met in Edinburgh last week as part of their ongoing liaison to update each other on developments within their respective organisations; to discuss professional education, training and qualifications and, to discuss provision of community training courses in food hygiene, occupational health and safety and food and health across Scotland. Pictured left to right: Graham Walker, Lorna Murray, Val Cameron, George Paterson, Andrew Jamieson, Jim Thomson and Tom Bell.

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