Sir: The ball is now firmly in the government’s court to fund and support a food crime unit but Elliott’s proposed two-phase approach indicates lingering uncertainty about the business case. Given the estimated annual cost of £2m-£4m a year, the government will need to be utterly convinced. A question mark remains, however, about the gathering of intelligence for the proposed Hub. The Review calls for steps to be taken to ensure information provided is subject to legal privilege, but the aims of the proposed Safe Haven and the suggested way of collecting information are not conducive to this. There is much to be done in terms of putting meat on the bones of the Review proposals.

Hilary Ross, partner, head of retail food & hospitality, DWF