The Elliott Review of UK Food Networks
25 Nov 2014 16:00-17:30
Committee Room 3, House of Lords
Members discussed the Elliott review of the integrity of UK food networks and the establishment of the new Food Crime Unit within the Food Standards Agency at their last meeting of 2015. The guest speakers were Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Safety at Queen’s University Belfast, and Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the Food Standards Agency. Professor Elliott’s final report, published in September 2014, set out his views on the weaknesses of food supply chain networks in the UK and recommended measures that could be taken to address them. The Government accepted all of these recommendations and members heard that good progress has been made in implementing them, with the Food Crime Unit achieving some notable successes already and expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014. Professor Elliott emphasised the need to safeguard the work of the public analyst service and expressed some concern that the funds to set up the Food Crime Unit have been diverted from other work of the FSA. He also welcomed the Government’s decision to set up a cross-government Committee on food integrity, chaired by the Defra Minister George Eustice.