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.
Just few months ago, in one of my articles, I’ve talked about the concept of “simplification”.
In a world overwhelmed by inputs and information (…and by laws…) I think that this could be the key of the success in the business, as well as for defining an effective legislation.
In a recent news conference Health Commissioner Tonio Borg seems to share my thoughts.
Following the horse meat scandal (which he correctly defines as “not a question of food safety, but a deliberate fraudulent labelling to make economic gain”), he announces the intention to reduce the current food chain safety legislation to just five acts.
The new legislation in his intention would:
– increase the fines;
– increase the unannounced inspections;
– give to Commission more binding powers towards Member States, about testing under this legislation.
The origin labelling will not be including in this project, and it will be discussing independently.
The enforcement of this legislative package is estimated by the EC for the year 2016. You can find more information and a video at this EC webpage on “Smarter rules for safer food”, along with the links to: