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Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland



The Society provides a forum for senior officials responsible for Environmental Health from all Scottish Local Authorities to meet on a regular basis to:

* provide professional advice and guidance on environmental health matters in Scotland

* share work experiences and good management  practices


Chair: Alan Morrison, Argyll & Bute Council

Vice Chair: William Hamilton, Glasgow City Council

Hon. Secretary: Brian Lawrie, South Ayrshire Council

Treasurer: Lorrainne MacGillivray, Stirling Council

Executive Committee Members:

Evonne Bauer, East Dunbartonshire Council

Lindsay Matthew, Dundee City Council

Derek Oliver, East Lothian Council

Roy Stewart, Fife Council

Alan Yates, Highland Council

Business Development Manager: Fraser Thomson


Fraser Thomson

Business Development Manager

Brian Lawrie

Honorary Secretary



Society Statement on Errington Cheese Incident 


The Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland (SoCOEHS), shares the same aim as Food Standards Scotland and its member local authorities in protecting public health and food safety.


The core function of environmental health is to protect the wider areas of public health  through a range of preventative and enforcement actions. The Chair of the Society, Alan Morrison, commented that he is aware of the differing positions of Food Standards Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council in respect of enforcement action linked to the national E.coli O157 outbreak and is unable to make comment on this matter. He emphasised that there has been  a significant level of work undertaken by local authorities to protect food safety across food premises, in particular the complex approved premises sector, which includes cheese manufacture. The Society has been working with the FSS and the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee to improve the quality of official controls delivery, and to ensure that there are consistent procedures across Scotland implemented by competent environmental health professionals.



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