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Food Crime Confidential Launched
The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) has launched Food Crime Confidential, a new reporting system targeted at those working in or around the UK food industry. Concerns can now be reported in confidence using phone or e-mail. Established in 2014 as part of the government response to the recommendations of the Elliot Review, the NFCU works with partners to protect consumers from serious criminal activity that has an impact on the safety or authenticity of food and drink.
Commenting on the new facility, Head of Food Crime at the FSA, Andy Morling said: “The National Food Crime Unit is committed to putting consumers first in everything we do. That is why we are launching Food Crime Confidential today to ensure that those with information about food crime can report it in confidence. The facility is open to anyone who has information about food which is being dishonestly produced, manufactured or sold.”
As well as identifying issues which will allow the NFCU to tackle specific instances of food crime, it is hoped the new initiative will produce more intelligence to explain the circumstances that make offending possible.
Earlier this year, the NFCU published its latest Food Crime Annual Strategic Assessment looking at the current situation within the £200 billion industry which makes up 11% of the UK economy. The document estimated that the cost of food crime could be as high as £1.17 billion.
You can view the Food Crime Annual Strategic Assessment HERE.