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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10904: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it hasĀ had with (a) Public Health England and (b) the Food Standards Agency regarding the threat of hepatitis E from pork products purchasedĀ in supermarkets in Scotland.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 31 August 2017

The Scottish Government is part of the Scottish Health Protection Network Hepatitis E sub-group, a multi-agency group which includes representatives from Health Protection Scotland, Public Health England and Food Standards Scotland, which is leading work to improve the understanding of hepatitis E epidemiology in Scotland, and identify actions that can be taken to reduce the risks it poses to health in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is also part of the UK Zoonoses, Animal Diseases and Infections (UKZADI) subgroup on Hepatitis E in the Food Chain, which includes representatives from Food Standards Scotland, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency. This work aims to identify policy options for managing and reducing any potential risk to public health from foodborne Hepatitis E Virus in the food chain in respect of farming, food processing, and food consumption.