Sir: The FSA’s new Food Crime Unit wants the industry to share information, some of it sensitive, to tackle food fraud. The FCU faces a lack of trust, and a deep-rooted suspicion of what penalties or media coverage may ensue.
Professor Chris Elliott’s report into Horsegate recognised this (‘Trust will bring opportunity’, Chris Elliott Second Opinion, 4 April, p21), and recommended the adoption of a ‘safe haven’ approach where manufacturers could share information in confidence with an independent body that would then sort and filter information into intelligence for the Crime Unit.
Many retailers would argue trust has to be earned before sensitive information is divulged. We need greater integration between public and private sectors to reduce the risk to the supply chain and close the gaps - our greatest weakness.
Tracey Cranney, operations manager, QADEX