Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Elliott Report Prompts Food Crime Unit

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Elliott Report Prompts Food Crime Unit

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Last year's horsemeat scandal put the spotlight on food crime and highlighted how important it is for suppliers of food to be transparent about the source of food products. Food crime is becoming a major problem around the world and can affect everyone who comes into contact with the food, especially as we cannot know anything about the hygiene and bacterial content of the products.

A recent report by Professor Chris Elliott looked closely at food fraud and gave recommendations, to ensure that consumers can have confidence when buying food. The recommendations included having new, unannounced, audit checks; better reporting of food crime via a new reporting system; and encouraging a culture within the whole industry that questions the source of the products in its supply chain. …

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