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Food and water sampling policy

Although we periodically take samples from the bigger food manufacturers, our focus is the small and medium-sized businesses that make or sell goods locally.

An open policy gives us freedom to sample from relevant premises during regular programmed inspections.

But we will also:

  • Participate in national programmes identified by the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee.

  • Take part in other sampling surveys agreed at the West of Scotland Food Liaison Group.

  • Sample whenever requested by Food Standards Scotland.

  • Collaborate with other agencies in national and local projects to promote public health, to detect counterfeit sales or to deter potential fraudulent food activities.

  • Sample following complaints by consumers or industry trade groups.

  • Where national or local intelligence determines a need such as trends in problematic food products or retailer categories.

  • Offer free advice to food business operators on food standards and where resources allow, a limited free sampling service to support fledgling and local 'start up' food businesses.

Contact us to request details of our sampling policy.

Page last updated:
20 Oct 2020

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