Big jump in counterfeit meat cases

Meat has overtaken alcohol in terms of counterfeited products in the UK. 

According to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Annual Report of Incidents, the frequency of counterfeit product incidents in both 2013 and 2014 was more than twice as high as any year between 2006 and 2012, with two-thirds relating to meat.

The FSA attributes this increase in meat-related counterfeit incidents to the horsemeat scandal in 2013. In 2012, alcohol accounted for most counterfeit incidents.

In terms of incidents overall, there were 343 meat and meat products (other than poultry) cases, more than any other food commodity type, and up from 2013’s figure of 235. These also included 90% of on farm incidents and 83% of veterinary medicines incidents.

There were 53 poultry meat and poultry meat products cases in 2014, down from 56 in 2013.