‘Food crime unit needs cash’

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Reacting to an independent report recommendation that the Food Standards Agency set up a food crime unit, Stow farmer, NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller said last week: “The horsemeat debacle not only confirmed the huge importance that consumers place on provenance and accurate labelling but the extent to which food is now traded across thousands of miles, passing through several hands and opening up the scope for fraud to take place.

“While a Food Crime Unit within FSA is an appropriate response, it must be supported by an appropriate level of funding and resource if it is to deliver.”