Sir: There is currently no shortage of stories about food fraud (‘Anti-fraud measures added to BRC global standard for suppliers,’ 17 May, p32). Whether it is the US, Europe or the UK, this is a stateless crime and one victims will generally not be aware of. Why would those set upon earning a living in an unscrupulous way not target food?
The response of governments and regulators has been - arguably - ineffective and weak. Given it is a small step from food fraud to major public Health implications (for example the China babymilk case), we should question the philosophy of making more rules only targeted at those manufacturing and selling food.
In his interim report, Professor Chris Elliott was clear that food fraud should get equal billing with food safety; the debate continues as to how that could work in practice.
Elliott thinks that it needs a genuine partnership between industry and its regulators. On the wider stage do we not need the same resource and investment in suitably experienced police and other agencies to strike at the heart of the problem, rather than shooting the messengers?
David Young, partner, Eversheds LLP