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Food (Scotland) Act 2015

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Food (Scotland) Act 2015. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. The Act

    1. Part 1: Food Standards Scotland

      1. Section 1: Establishment

      2. Section 2: Objectives

      3. Section 3: General functions

      4. Section 4: Governance and accountability

      5. Section 5: Statement on performance of functions

      6. Section 6: Number and appointment of members

      7.  Section 7: Early ending of membership

      8. Section 12: Committees

      9. Section 13: Validity of things done

      10. Section 15: Annual and other reports

      11. Section 16: General powers

      12. Section 17: Application of legislation relating to public bodies

      13. Section 18: Serious failure

      14. Section 19: Duty to acquire, compile and keep under review relevant information

      15. Section 20: Observations with a view to obtaining information

      16. Section 21: Powers for persons carrying out observations

      17. Section 22: Offences in relation to section 21

      18. Section 23: Setting performance standards

      19. Section 24: Reporting own enforcement activities

      20. Section 25: Reporting on enforcement action by others

      21. Section 26: Power to request information in relation to enforcement action

      22. Section 27: Offences in relation to section 26

      23. Section 28: Powers for persons monitoring enforcement action

      24. Section 29: Offences in relation to section 28

      25. Section 30: Power to issue guidance on control of food-borne diseases

      26. Section 31: Publication and disclosure of advice and information

      27. Section 32: Certain functions of Food Standards Agency ceasing to be exercisable

    2. Part 2: Food and Feeding Stuffs

      1. Section 33: Food information

      2. Section 34: Food hygiene information scheme

      3. Section 35: Regulation of animal feeding stuffs

    3. Part 3: Administrative Sanctions

      1. Section 36: Fixed penalty notices

      2. Section 37: Content and form of fixed penalty notice

      3. Section 38: Effect of fixed penalty notice on criminal proceedings

      4. Section 41: Income from fixed penalties to be paid to the Scottish Ministers

      5. Section 42: Compliance notices

      6. Section 43: Content and form of compliance notice

      7. Section 44: Failure to comply with a compliance notice

      8. Section 45: Effect of compliance notice on criminal proceedings

      9. Section 49: Power to make supplementary etc. provision

      10. Section 51: Lord Advocate’s guidance

      11. Section 52: Interpretation of Part 3

    4. Part 4: Interpretation

      1. Section 53: Meanings of “food” and “animal feeding stuffs”

      2. Section 55: Meaning of “other interests of consumers in relation to food”

    5. Part 5: Final Provisions

      1. Section 59: Modification of enactments

      2. Section 60: Subordinate legislation

  3. Parliamentary History

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