Food Standards Scotland (FSS) officially launched on April 1, 2015, assuming responsibilities previously overseen by the U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA). FSS was established under the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 as a non-ministerial office, “part of the Scottish Administration, alongside, but separate from the Scottish Government.”

“This is a great day for the Scottish consumer and for Scotland’s food and drink sector,” Public Health Minister Maureen Watt was quoted as saying. “We now have a new food body that is uniquely placed to focus on our own particular needs and priorities.” See FSS News Release, April 1, 2015.