Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has written to the chief executives of the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Eilean Siar asking them to assure him that they have measures in place to deal with risks associated with food allergies.

Mr Cameron acted after research undertaken by the Scottish Conservatives indicated that neither council nor health board provides training courses for their staff or the public.

The Scottish Conservative MSP said: “While I understand the health board provides relevant information on food allergens and legislation is provided to staff and monitored daily, no specific courses were mentioned in their response, and the council did not provide any information at all on its provision.

“There is a growing recognition, following some recent tragic cases, that we all need to be more proactive in highlighting the risks from food allergies, and health boards and councils have an important role in providing a lead in their areas.

“I have written to NHS Western Isles and the Comhairle to ensure that they are aware of the work the UK Government is undertaking on labelling pre-packaged products and that they are undertaking appropriate measures to increase awareness.”