Horsemeat scandal: Dishing the dirt on Britain's food industry

The report states that buying policies at some big stores 'a matter of concern'. Credit: PA Wire

Today's report is a damning critique of the retail culture of cheap food in which consumers are put at risk from food fraud.

The long-awaited review into the fiasco surrounding the horsemeat scandal shines a light into hidden corners of the food trade - revealing alarming evidence.

A picture emerges of an industry shaped by a constant drive to maximise profits where food contamination is not being detected.

The blame goes all the way to the top of the retail food chain - with buying policies at some big stores "a matter of concern".

Retailers are given a stern warning that some have been buying supplies that are so cheap they should have asked more questions - and that not doing so could be a crime.

Perhaps most worrying of all is that the expert in charge of this influential review believes things could be getting worse as the supermarket price wars begin to bite.