Horsemeat scandal report calls for 'robust' Food Crime Unit

The long-awaited report into the food industry launched after last year's horsemeat scandal has called for a "robust, effective" Food Crime Unit to protect the industry and consumers from criminal activity.

Professor Chris Elliott's report calls for unannounced audits and a zero-tolerance approach to help protect consumers from more incidents like the horsemeat scandal.

Consumers must be put first by ensuring that their needs in relation to food safety and food crime prevention are the "top priority", the government-commissioned report states.

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Horsemeat report urges Food Crime Unit creation

The final report into the horsemeat scandal has made a number of recommendations to "improve the integrity and assurance of food supply networks".

They include:

  • Put the consumers first by ensuring that their needs in relation to food safety and food crime prevention are the top priority
  • Create a robust, effective Food Crime Unit to protect the food industry and consumers from criminal activity
  • Zero tolerance approach to food fraud by improving intelligence gathering
  • Introduce unannounced audit checks by the food industry
  • Support the development of whistleblowing and reporting of food crime
  • Improve lab testing capacity and capability to ensure a standardised approach for food testing
  • Encourage the food industry to question the source of their supply chain

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