Food Law News - UK - 2013

DEFRA News Item, 12 December 2013

ADMINISTRATION- Owen Paterson responds to the interim findings of a review he commissioned into the integrity of our food network

Responding to the interim Elliott Review published today, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said:

 “I am pleased that Professor Elliott’s interim review recognises that there are good systems in place to ensure UK consumers have access to some of the safest food in the world. We want to keep it that way.

 “It is appalling that anyone was able to defraud the public by passing off horsemeat as beef. That is why I commissioned an urgent review into the integrity of our food network.

 “The UK food industry already has robust procedures to ensure they deliver high quality food to consumers and food businesses have a legal duty to uphold the integrity of food they sell. It is rightly highly regarded across the world and we must not let anything undermine this or the confidence of consumers in the integrity of their food.

 “We will continue to work closely with the food industry, enforcement agencies and across local and central Government to improve intelligence on food fraud and our response to it.”

Significant action is already being taken to prevent and identify food crime, including:

The interim report will now be considered ahead of Professor’s final report due to be published next year.

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