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Pesticide Residues in Food

One of the principal functions of the Pesticides Branch at SASA is participation in annual UK and EU surveillance programme aimed at the monitoring of multiple pesticide residues in food & drink. A rolling programme, covering the main food groups of fruit and vegetables, cereals and cereal products and products of animal and fish origin, is implemented via specific commodity surveys on samples collected within calendar years.

Pesticide & Chemical Analysis

An introduction to our work in the areas of Food & Drink surveys,operation of Scotland’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS - Scotland) and provison of analytical chemistry support to the investigation of Wildlife Crime.

Pesticide Usage

The regulation of pesticides and biocides in the UK is undertaken by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) in York and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Bootle respectively. Pesticides and biocides are carefully assessed prior to approval under the EU Thematic Strategy for Pesticides and the Biocidal Products Directive respectively.

Seed Testing & Certification

The sale of most agricultural and horticultural seeds is controlled through a series of seeds regulations dealing with cereals, fodder crops, oil and fibre crops, beet seeds, and vegetables respectively. These regulations are part of an EU-wide framework which ensures that seeds meet the same quality standards wherever they are sold in the European Union.

Seed & Ware Potatoes

The Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SPCS) ensures the continuing high quality of Scottish Seed Potatoes, by setting strict tolerances for freedom from disease and trueness to type. SASA is the Certifying Authority for the SPCS and also carries out a range of scientific activities in support of seed potato classification in Scotland. 

Information on the SPCS, including application forms for tuber inspection and soil testing for PCN, can be found in the Classification Scheme section.

GM Services

GM Team

The Scottish Government opposes the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops which could damage Scotland's rich environment and  threaten our reputation for producing high quality and natural foods.  The Scottish Government believes GM cultivation would diminish Scotland's image as a land of food and drink.

Taking account of this policy, SASA provides advice on the release of GM crop plants and other organisms (GMOs) into the environment and on the contained use of GMOs.  In addition the GM team provides GM diagnostic testing services.  

Cereals National Listing

NATIONAL LIST

The National List system was adopted in 1973 following the UK entry into the European Community. It applies to the main agricultural and vegetable species and ensures that no seed of a prescribed species may be marketed in the UK unless the variety is on a UK list or the EU Common Catalogue. 

The National List system, together with seed certification and labelling:

Survey of Scottish Winter Oilseed Rape Cultivation 2014/15

Impact of neonicotinoid seed treatment restrictions

File size: 
1.7MB
Published: 
2016

Wild boar sightings in Scotland

Please submit the following details to info@sears.scotland.gov.uk:

  • Location, including a description and grid reference if possible
  • Date
  • Time
  • Numbers of adult and young boar seen
  • Any additional information that may be of use. 

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