MPs debate Elliot report proposals on food fraud

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Roger Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, led a backbench business debate on food fraud.

Food fraud is committed when food is deliberately placed on the market, for financial gain, with the intention of deceiving the consumer.

The two main types of food fraud are selling food that is unfit and potentially harmful, and the deliberate false description of food.

The issue of food fraud made headlines in early 2013 when the horsemeat scandal was exposed.

After an initial discovery of horsemeat in supermarket burgers by Irish food inspectors, contaminated products were found across Europe.

The scandal led to the Elliot report into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks, which was published on 4th September.

The report recommends the creation of a Food Crime Unit to fight the trade in fraudulent foods.