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A specialist food crime unit should be set up in the UK in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, a Government-commissioned report has recommended.

Professor Chris Elliott said the UK has high standards of food safety but the scandal “clearly showed criminal activity in the global food chain”.

In the first part of his independent review into how the safety and authenticity of food in the UK can be protected, Professor Elliott said a new unit should be set up as a non-Home Office police force able to deal with “complex food crime perpetrated by highly organised and dangerous, potentially violent organised crime groups”.

 

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