Professor Chris Elliott’s final report into the integrity and assurance of UK food supply networks has been published today. You can download the report at the following link.
The review was prompted by growing concerns about the systems used to deter, identify and prosecute food adulteration. The horse meat crisis of 2013 was a trigger, as were concerns about the increasing potential for food fraud and ‘food crime’. Food fraud becomes food crime when it no longer involves random acts by ‘rogues’ within the food industry but becomes an organised activity by groups which knowingly set out to deceive, and or injure, those purchasing food. These incidents can have a huge negative impact both on consumer confidence, and on the reputation and finances of food businesses.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published also the document Government response to the “Elliott review of the integrity and assurance of food supply networks”.
Enjoy the reading and stay tuned for comments about the documents.