These notices are intended to speed up the process of dealing with fraudulent or incorrectly labelled products.
At present, local food enforcement officers presently have very limited powers.
These include submitting reports to the Procurator Fiscal and serving Seizure and Detention notices to remove products from the market.
Such processes can be time-consuming, disproportionate to the issues and can be unduly damaging to the businesses concerned, commented Raymond Pang, FSS Senior Enforcement Manager.
He said: “We feel a report should only go to the Procurator Fiscal, in cases of serious breaches, such as fraud or consistent non-compliance of food standards regulations.
“This proposed notice will highlight the regulation that might have been breached, what a business has to do to comply, and when, before any action is taken.”
He added: “As a result, they will give authorised enforcement officers the option of taking a more graduated, step-by-step approach to enforcement. This is a proposed new system of improvement, too, to work alongside businesses to ensure food standards are adhered to.”