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Food (Scotland) Act 2015

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(1)The general functions of Food Standards Scotland are—

(a)to develop (and assist the Scottish Ministers and public bodies and office-holders to develop) policies in relation to food matters and animal feeding stuffs matters,

(b)to advise, inform and assist the Scottish Ministers and public bodies and office-holders and other persons in relation to food matters and animal feeding stuffs matters,

(c)to keep the public adequately informed about and advised in relation to matters which significantly affect their capacity to make informed decisions about food matters,

(d)to keep users of animal feeding stuffs adequately informed about and advised in relation to matters which significantly affect their capacity to make informed decisions about animal feeding stuffs matters, and

(e)to monitor the performance of, and promote best practice by, enforcement authorities in enforcing food legislation.

(2)Food Standards Scotland must so far as reasonably practicable comply with a request by the Scottish Ministers that—

(a)in pursuance of subsection (1)(a), it develops a policy, or assists the Scottish Ministers or a public body or office-holder to develop a policy, in relation to a particular matter,

(b)in pursuance of subsection (1)(b), it gives advice, information or assistance to the Scottish Ministers, a public body or office-holder or another person, in relation to a particular matter,

(c)in pursuance of subsection (1)(c), it informs or advises the public in relation to a particular matter,

(d)in pursuance of subsection (1)(d), it informs or advises users of animal feeding stuffs in relation to a particular matter.

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