UK to set up a Food Crime Unit to combat food counterfeiters

Excellent report on the BBC website concerning the setting up of a Food Crime Unit (FCU).  I blogged recently about the development of smart chop sticks, developed in response to food scandals in China.  The FCU is to be set up in reponse to the UK’s horsemeat food scandal (about which we have also blogged).  The Unit will be a specialist team within the Food Standards Agency.  They will be given greater powers and resources, in order to fight criminal gangs that have identified counterfeiting foodstuffs as more profitable and less policed than other nefarious activities.  It has become a large scale, international problem.  One coordinated series of raids across 33 countries earlier this year found “131,000 litres of oil and vinegar, 20 tonnes of spices and condiments, nearly 430,000 litres of counterfeit drink and 45 tonnes of dairy products”.

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