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Kate Allen

by Kate Allen and Hannah Kuchler

Food-related law enforcement, that’s how.

On the face of it, the UK has a fairly strict food hygiene and safety system. But the rapidly-widening horsemeat scandal has prompted questions about the effectiveness of the UK’s food law enforcement systems. And a look at performance data collected by the the Food Standards Agency shows a picture of falling sampling and lower staffing levels.

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Kate Allen

The scandal over horsemeat found in processed meat products has echoes of a previous industrial food production crisis.

While the current controversy is not of the same severity, it is interesting to look back at the BSE scandal of the mid-1990s and its effects on consumer behaviour. The BSE saga hit British farming and meat retailing hard, as other countries scrambled to block British meat exports and consumers turned away from beef (despite some politicians’ best efforts).