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Body to target rogue food traders
Euro Freeze in Lisnaskea, in  County Fermanagh
Move was prompted by inquiry at County Fermanagh cold store
A "food fraud task force" is to be set up to tackle rogue traders.

The group's remit will be to consider and report on all issues likely to significantly impact on food fraud.

The Food Standards Agency said the announcement followed a major investigation at the Fermanagh-based cold store, Euro Freeze Ltd.

The cold store's contents were detained last November during an investigation into alleged repackaging and re-labelling of meat.


The agency said that in the light of the Euro Freeze Ltd investigation, the new task force would examine the inspection and audit arrangements for food businesses.

The adequacy of the existing legal framework for prosecution and the suitability of penalties will also be key issues.

The task force will be chaired by Dr Philip Barlow, former Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology at the National University of Singapore.

Director of Enforcement at the FSA, David Statham, said: "Setting up this new task force signals the agency's commitment and determination (to do) everything that can be done to stamp out food fraud."

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