VIDEO: call for specialist food crime unit

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”.

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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”.