National Food Crime Unit sets up reporting service
Published:  23 June, 2016

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) National Food Crime Unit has launched a reporting facility for those concerned about crimes in the food industry.

Food Crime Confidential allows anyone with suspicions about food crime to report them in confidence over the phone or online. The service is targeted at those working in the food industry.

It urges anyone who has suspicions about food or drink containing something it shouldn’t; methods used in the workplace for producing, processing, storing, labelling or transporting food not seeming correct; and that an item of food or drink says it is of a certain quality or from a specific place or region, but it doesn’t appear to be.

Those concerned about any of these issues are being asked to contact 0207 276 8787 or email foodcrime@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.

Andy Morling, head of food crime at the FSA, said: “The National Food Crime Unit is committed to putting consumers first in everything we do. That is why we are launching Food Crime Confidential today to ensure that those with information about food crime can report it in confidence.

“The facility is open to anyone who has information about food which is being dishonestly produced, manufactured or sold. We particularly want to hear from those who work in or around the UK food industry. We recognise that picking up the phone to pass on suspicions about an employer or an associate can be a big deal. That’s why we’ll ensure the information provided will be handled sensitively and professionally.”