Ross Finnie has been appointed as the Chair of Food Standards Scotland, and Geoff Ogle has been appointed Chief Executive.
Food Standards Scotland is the new public body which is being created to provide Scotland with regulation and independent advice on food safety and standards, food information and nutrition.
Ross Finnie is currently a non-executive member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland and the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board where he is engaged in public health issues such as foodborne disease, diet and obesity.
For eight years, Mr Finnie was the Scottish Cabinet Minister responsible for the Environment and Rural Development which included responsibility for food and meat traceability. He was also an opposition spokesperson on Health for four years, promoting, among other things, food standards and food safety.
Food Standards Scotland will be established in January 2015 when the Food (Scotland) Bill receives Royal assent. However, it will officially take over its functions on 1 April 2015. The functions will be mainly the functions previously delivered by the Food Standards Agency: food safety and standards, feed safety and standards, nutrition, food labelling, and meat inspection policy and operational delivery. Food Standards Scotland will have a budget of around £20m per year and be staffed with approximately 90 HQ staff in Aberdeen as well as approximately 70 in the field.
Its objectives are consumer focused and will be to:
a) to protect the public from risks which may arise in connection with the consumption of food, including risks caused by the way in which food is produced or supplied,
b) to improve the extent to which members of the public have diets which are conducive to good health,
c) to protect the other interests of consumers in relation to food