Meat: Fraud

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many successful prosecutions there have been by each local authority for meat fraud in each of the last five years; what recent assessment he has made of the veracity of the sampling data submitted by local authorities to the UK Food Surveillance System; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 20 July 2020

The total number of successful prosecutions for meat fraud that local authorities reported to the Food Standards Agency or Food Standards Scotland in each of the last five years is provided in the following table. In each case the prosecution was taken by a different local authority.

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

4

1

3

0

0

Data submitted to the UK Food Surveillance System does not provide a comprehensive picture of samples taken by local authorities and the reported results cannot be used to determine the extent of any specific issue across the United Kingdom. This is because some but not all local authorities report results using the system and sampling is used as part of a targeted approach rather than being conducted on a random and representative basis.

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