In response to our notification that we intended to put Lanark Blue and Corra Linn on the market on Monday 16th January, South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) “detained” the entire stock of Lanark Blue and Corra Linn on Friday, batch by batch. Detention is the statutory provision available to the authority in a situation where officials believe either, that the food was not produced in line with regulations or that, for some reason, the food represents an imminent risk to health. We were informed that the latter provision applies because both cheese were produced on the same premises as Dunsyre Blue, which FSS claim caused the outbreak of E.coli illness last summer. This reason may seem spurious but the effect of Detention is that we cannot go through with the intention to sell these cheeses today. For their part, SLC now has a duty to act “expeditiously” in sampling and testing the detained cheeses; after 21 days of detention we believe the authorities must either release the cheese for us to sell it or take it to a Sheriff with evidence of unfitness for human consumption.