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'Horsegate', as it inevitably became to be known as, was a famously multi-pronged, Europe-wide affair. At the height of the scandal, which centred on frozen supermarket beefburgers containing undeclared horsemeat, there was concern that, as food fraud is so hard to detect and trace, those responsible might never face justice. On the fifth anniversary we take a look at its ongoing impact on the food industry

Key players on the front line relive the scandal


Horsegate: five years on Subscription

15 Jan 2018 | By Megan Tatum

It was the biggest crisis to hit grocery in decades. Five years on, we ask six leading figures to relive their memories of watching ’Horsegate’ unfold from the front line 

How the scandal unfolded

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Food fraud: catch them - if you can?

30 Jul 2017 | By Carina Perkins

With horsemeat back in the dock, the fight against food fraud is once more top of the agenda. But as Brexit looms, is the UK ready to beat the crooks?

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'It's back to the bad old days in red meat' warns Elliott

28 Aug 2015 | By Julia Glotz

A year on from his post-Horsegate review, Professor Chris Elliott worries aggressive buying practices are back in parts of the market

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The red flags of food fraud: a guide Subscription

08 Sep 2014 | By Julia Glotz

The red flags of food are part of an ongoing project by Professor Lisa Jack of University of Portsmouth to categorise warning signs in the supply chain.

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Food crime unit: will it deliver what Elliott calls for? Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Julia Glotz

The UK is going to get a food crime unit. But will it deliver the protection Chris Elliott’s Horsegate report calls for?…

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The new weapons against dodgy meat Subscription

25 Apr 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

A year on from Horsegate, how has food testing technology developed to meet the industry’s need for better testing?…

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FSA chief Catherine Brown on lessons from the Horsegate scandal Subscription

10 Jan 2014 | By Julia Glotz

A year on from Horsegate and FSA CEO Catherine Brown wants to talk not about beef, but poultry…

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Why Horsegate is yesterday's news Subscription

10 Jan 2014 | By James Halliwell

One year on, Horsegate is as good as forgotten. How has public confidence been restored?…


What's the long-term impact of Horsegate on suppliers? Subscription

10 Jan 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Consumers may have moved on from Horsegate, but the legacy for the supply chain could be more permanent

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How to make a 30p gourmet burger: Elliott review case study Subscription

12 Dec 2013 | By Julia Glotz

Retailers and other food businesses must be prepared to ask tougher questions about whether certain deals are “too good to be true” and create buyer incentives based on “thoughtful procurement” instead of just price.

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ABP: A fresh start after 'Horsegate' Subscription

29 Apr 2013 | By Julia Glotz

In his first interview since ‘Horsegate’, ABP CEO Paul Finnerty spells out what went wrong in his company…

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A new era for meat supply: Trust but verify Subscription

29 Apr 2013 | By Julia Glotz

Meat suppliers can carry out DNA tests, but they are beset by challenges in their efforts to ensure authenticity…

What we said ...

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We forget the lessons of Horsegate at our peril

15 Jan 2018 | By Julia Glotz

It has become the reference point for anyone concerned about the integrity of our food supply chains and the integrity of the food business more broadly, so what’s changed?

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Horsegate has put fraud much higher up businesses' agendas

28 Jul 2017 | By Julia Glotz

This week’s conviction in the Horsegate trial brings at last a degree of closure…

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Horsegate three years on: we must remain vigilant

07 Jan 2016

The horsemeat scandal of 2013 thrust into the mainstream media an issue that had long plagued the industry

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Food fraudsters are shrewd, nimble supply chain managers

01 May 2015 | By Julia Glotz

With horsemeat arrests on the Continent, food fraud is once again at the front of public consciousness…

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Food fraudsters are getting smarter, and we must all be vigilant

29 Apr 2015 | By Julia Glotz

Authenticity is becoming a problem for every area of fmcg thanks to sophisticated criminals

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Can the FSA step up in the fight against food crime? Subscription

12 Dec 2014 | By Julia Glotz

The most recent Efra hearing on food supply networks would have made for uncomfortable listening for the Food Standards Ag…

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