Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Prevention Zone Declared in Response to Spread of H5N8 in Europe
Update – 4th January 2017 – On 6th December 2016 the Scottish Government declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone covering the whole of Scotland as a precautionary measure that was in response to the spread of H5N8 in Europe. Today they have confirmed that it is to be extended until 28 February 2017. The Prevention Zone remains unchanged and applies to all poultry and captive birds in Scotland. It requires Keepers to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds. You can find further information and advice on the Scottish Government website. Similar legislation covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland and there is also a GB-wide ban on poultry shows and gatherings. How to keep your birds safe from Avian Influenza.
Avian Influenza is an animal health disease affecting poultry and the risk arises from farmed or domestic poultry coming into contact with wild birds and the action was not taken as a public health measure. The advice from Food Standards Scotland is that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
The Environmental Health Section deal with issues that affect the quality of everyday life. We aim to promote or enforce standards that preserve public health, public safety and protect the environment.
The work we do includes:
Food Safety includes the inspection of food premises, food sampling and investigating complaints regarding food and hygiene in food premises. Also, find out how hygienic a local food business is with the Food Hygiene Information Scheme. This page also contains links to further guidance relating to food safety, hygiene and labelling.
Environmental Protection includes investigation and monitoring of contaminated land, air quality and noise control.
The Public Health and Housing Section covers a wide range of issues to improve and safeguard public health. This includes investigation of suspected or confirmed outbreaks of certain diseases, monitoring the quality of drinking water supplies, the Registration of Private Landlords, working with the Health Board to investigate and prevent certain diseases, including food poisoning and dealing with nuisances affecting people’s health.
Environmental Health enforce the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in workplaces such as shops, warehouses, offices, places used for leisure and consumer services, hotels, restaurants and churches. Officers carry out inspections of premises, accident investigations and offer advice and guidance to businesses and employees. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforce health and safety in a number of other premises such as Manufacturers, Farms, Construction Sites, Local Authority Buildings and hospitals.
Environmental Health issue a number of Licenses and registrations including Caravan Sites, Zoos, Riding Establishments, Animal Boarding, Dog Breeding, Dangerous Wild Animals, Cinemas, Theatres, Venison Dealers, Pet Shops etc. For further information on a specific licence or registration or to apply online please visit our A-Z of Licences page.
Environment Health maintains a number of Public Registers in relation to Licences and registrations issued, which can be viewed online.
Animal Health undertakes the Council’s regulatory work in respect of animal health and the welfare of animals
Animal Health – the control of disease in animals which, in some cases can be passed to humans
Animal Welfare – including the transportation of animal and market inspection