- Make sure food in Scotland is safe to eat
- Improve the diet and nutrition of people in Scotland
- Be an effective and proportionate regulator, supporting the Scottish food and drink industry in growing its strong, international reputation for safe, quality food
- Be more efficient and more responsive to Scottish circumstances
In June 2012 Scottish Ministers agreed to create a new food body for Scotland. This will be an independent, evidence-based and transparent body to carry out the functions presently delivered in Scotland by the UK-wide Food Standards Agency. These are food safety and standards, feed safety and standards, nutrition, food labelling, meat inspection policy and operational delivery.
A public consultation on creating a new food body was carried out between February and May 2013 which asked for suggestions to widen this group of functions further.