In June 2013 I was asked by the Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and for Health, to conduct a review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks, and to make recommendations. The Government should be congratulated for commissioning this report as it shows strong commitment to improving the integrity and assurance of food supply networks, and a determination to protect UK consumers. I published my interim report in December 2013 which set out what should be done to address weaknesses in the system. Stakeholders welcomed the interim report and the opportunity to provide further feedback before I published this final report. I have since completed a further round of meetings and evidence gathering. Stakeholders felt that the final report should provide additional background about the recommendations and their implementation. Feedback has further shaped my recommendations and this, my final report, sets out the issues and the best way to tackle them in more detail.
My systems approach is based on eight pillars of food integrity and means that no part can be considered in isolation and cherry picking of the recommendations will not work. For each pillar I describe the foundations, bricks and mortar that need to be put in place for it to be strong and robust. The public should be reassured that industry has taken my report seriously and has already started to implement many of the recommendations. The recommendations for Government to implement will take more time to complete given that the work cuts across a number of departments. There needs to be a partnership approach between Government, regulators and industry to implement this national food crime prevention framework. I am confident that there is clear commitment from all those who have engaged with my review, but I realise that implementing some of my recommendations will not be easy and will require a culture change. The food industry must above all else demonstrate that having a safe, high integrity food system for the UK is their main responsibility and priority.Download Report (PDF)
In June 2013 I was asked by the Secretaries of State for Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to conduct a review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks; to consider issues which impact upon consumer confidence in the authenticity of food products, including any systemic failures in networks and systems with implications for food safety and public health; and to make recommendations.
I was asked to produce an interim report in December 2013, setting out clearly what I think needs to change and what further work is needed. This interim report identifies key weaknesses which exist around the integrity and assurance of food supply networks. As far as possible I try to be clear in my recommendations about what could and should be done as soon as possible to address those weaknesses. My final report, which will be published in spring 2014, will set out in more detail what will need to be done by Government, industry and others to facilitate implementation of my recommendations.Download Report (PDF)