Ministers have agreed to create a new Scottish body for food safety, food standards, nutrition, food labelling and meat inspection.
The move follows the recommendations of the Scudamore review, which was commissioned by the Scottish Government as a result of the UK Government's decision to move responsibility for nutrition and food labelling in England from the Food Standards Agency to the Department of Health and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2010.
Public Health Minister Michael Matheson thanked Professor Jim Scudamore and his colleagues for their months of work to develop this comprehensive report which ministers had been considering since publication in April.
He continued that the new body would be at arms-length from the Scottish Government. The body would encompass nutrition and labelling policy, and meat inspection policy and operational delivery, in addition to food safety and standards.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said that he welcomed the decision to transfer operational control of meat inspection delivery to the FSA in Scotland as soon as possible, which he hoped would deliver a more cost-effective service.
Source: The Scottish Government