A National Food Policy for Scotland

The process of developing a national food policy commenced with an Open Space consultation event in Dundee on 8 October 2007.The event was sponsored by the Scottish Government Food Industry Unit.Sixty five participants from organisations all over Scotland were asked to address the question - What are the key issues that need to be considered in a National Food policy for Scotland?
The Institute was invited to participate in this discussion and was represented by Graham Walker, Director of Training.
The full report of the meeting is attached.

How can we improve the diet of young children living in areas of high deprivation?

This is a summary of a study carried out by the Department of Public Health ,University of Dundee on behalf of the Scottish Government Health Department Chief Scientist Office. The aim of the study was to investigate the factors that influence the food choices made by mothers of young children who live in areas of high deprivation.

Dates for your diary

Scottish Government Seminar on Contaminated Land, Edinburgh, 5 November 2007. REHIS Health and Safety Update Course,Edinburgh, 13 November 2007. REHIS Annual Presentation of Awards, Edinburgh, 21 November 2007(evening event). REHIS Environmental Health Update, Edinburgh, 22 November 2007(am). REHIS Annual General Meeting, Edinburgh, 22 November 2007(pm). REHIS Annual Conference,Edinburgh, 17 and 18 April 2008. For more information on these events contact the REHIS Office.

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:

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