Professor Chris Elliott talking about Food Fraud
Food fraud is a process driven by economic issues it is important to realise it also has serious potential public health implications. It threatens food safety as well as being a swindle. As highlighted in the 2008 Chinese milk scandal in which six people died and hundreds of thousands were made ill by milk products adulterated with melamine. Although the intention of the criminal gang was to get a better price for the adulterated milk powder they had unwittingly created a very serious food safety incident with disastrous consequences.
Professor Chris Elliott gives his point of view
EU food fraud alert tool to be rolled out early next year
A new food fraud alert tool should be deployed early next year, to work alongside other new strategies to help prevent crimes such as the horsemeat mislabelling scandal, officials from the European Commission’s directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) announced on 23rd October at a European Union (EU) Food Fraud Conference in Rome.
We have come to a stage where quality, destination of origin, and infomation about the origin, we have seen that in the scandal about horsemeat, are of overarching importance.
And consumers expect us to give them thruthful information and packaging, said Eric Poudelet, DG SANCO's food chain safety director.
Research commissioned by EFSA threatens bleak future for poultry consumers
While calls for tighter and more effective regulation of meat processing prompted by the horse meat scandal still echo, the European Commission has fuelled further debate by publishing a report of it's food safety arm. Research into chicken processing, undertaken for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2013, was commissioned to support fundamental change to official controls. Those controls currently require on-site visual inspection of the carcass of every chicken (or other fowl) produced for food in the EU by independent Official Auxiliaries (OAs) or company employed Poultry Inspection Assistants (PIAs) under the control of independent Official Veterinarians (OVs).
For a full analysis and the comments by EWFC download the full report here