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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Review urges unannounced audits and zero-tolerance

A national food crime prevention network with unannounced audits and a zero-tolerance approach will help protect consumers from more incidents like the horsemeat scandal, a government-commissioned report has said.

In the final draft of the long-awaited report, Professor Chris Elliott called for a "robust, effective" Food Crime Unit to protect the industry and consumers from criminal activity.

Last year horsemeat was found in products that had been labelled as containing beef. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consumers must be put first by ensuring that their needs in relation to food safety and food crime prevention are the "top priority", Professor Elliott added.

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