Horsemeat-type scandal could happen again

Britain is lagging behind other EU member states in the detection of food crime and fraud and is risking another horsemeat-type scandal, the country’s foremost expert on food fraud has warned.

It has been three-and-a-half years since the “horsegate” scandal made headlines across Europe when tonnes of horsemeat found its way into products sold to consumers as beef.

Although lessons had been learned from the scandal, the risk of food fraud affecting the UK remains as high as ever, said Chris Elliott, professor of food safety at Queens University Belfast. Speaking to a Lords EU committee on food fraud on Wednesday (6 July),  Prof Elliott, who led the government’s inquiry into the horsemeat scandal, said he was “shocked” by the decline in public food analysis laboratories in the UK.

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