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Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Quote Message: "The most frustrating thing is that a huge amount of this parliament's time and the Scottish governnment's time and Scottish Food Standard's time is being used to prepare for a worst case scenario that we all hope won't happen." from Joe Fitzpatrick Public Health Minister
    Joe FitzpatrickPublic Health Minister
  2. Background: US farmers say chlorine-washed chicken should be part of a UK free trade deal

    Chicken farm

    Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-injected beef should be part of a UK/US free trade deal, a farming union said.

    Roger Johnson, president of America's National Farmers Union, said US food was "perfectly safe" and there had been a lot of "fear-mongering".

    The politically-influential union represents more than 200,000 US farms.

    Mr Johnson also told the BBC that a free trade deal would open up the huge US market to British products in a boost for UK farmers.

    Read more.

  3. Scotland won't have to import chlorinated chicken says minister

    Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick

    Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick says there must be a sound legal basis to the regulatory system of food safety if there is a no-deal Brexit.

    SNP MSP Keith Brown again says it is pointless to change the deadlines for secondary legislation, if the committee does not get the detail required.

    He asks about the possibility of policy divergence between the UK and Scottish governments in the result of a no-deal Brexit, for example in terms of chlorinated chicken.

    Mr Fitzpatrick agrees the whole process of having to take evidence before the final draft is "highly unsatisfactory".

    He states that if the UK government goes down the route of wanting to import chlorinated chicken, these orders would allow Scotland to diverge from that.

  4. Post-Brexit food legislation

    Meat

    The committee will briefly discuss the following legislation with Public Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick and Food Standards Scotland:

    • General Food Law (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
    • General Foodstuffs Hygiene (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
    • Specific Foodstuffs (Hygiene) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
    • Contaminants in Food (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
    • Quick-Frozen Food (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
  5. Concern about lack of detail in regulations raised

    MSPs in the committee

    SNP MSP Keith Brown says it is far less than satisfactory to make these regulations the law of the land without seeing the detail.

    Mr Brown asks for reassurance that this will not happen again and final versions of regulations will be seen.

    Committee convener Lewis Macdonald confirms the committee will write to the UK government to seek confirmation that future secondary legislation will be delivered in their final version.

  6. Brexit legislation

    Blood

    The health committee is first considering giving consent on the following:

    • Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations
    • Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations
    • Blood Safety and Quality (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations
  7. Health committee begins shortly

    Chest x-ray

    The health committee is this morning considering a raft of secondary legislation relating to human tissue and food safety standards after Brexit.

    Then it will hear from stakeholders about the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill, which is seeking to move Scotland to an opt-out system of organ donation.

    Among the witnesses is Gillian Hollis, who received a lung transplant in 2004 after being diagnosed with a rare form of lung disease.

    Read the committee papers here.

  8. Welcome to Holyrood Live!

    Organ donor card

    Good morning from the Holyrood Live team on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

    We begin the week with MSPs taking evidence from, among others, a lung transplant recipient, as they discuss the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill.

    Universal Credit sign

    After topical questions on NHS Tayside and Bonfire Night safety, the Scottish government will lead a debate on the impact of the UK government welfare cuts and Universal Credit on poverty.

    SNP MSP Emma Harper uses her member’s debate to highlight the Maybole bypass and south Scotland road infrastructure.