Which? calls for food fraud crackdown

May 20, 2014 No Comments

A2Which? has launched a new campaign to ‘Stop Food Fraud’ as its latest investigation found 40% of lamb takeaways had been contaminated with other meats, with some containing no lamb at all.

The consumer organisation tested 60 takeaway lamb curries and minced kebabs from restaurants in Birmingham and London and found that 24 of them had been mixed with other meats such as beef and chicken. Worryingly, seven of the samples contained no lamb at all.

The meat in five of the samples could not be identified, with the most likely explanation for this being the meat had been overcooked or re-cooked. In Birmingham, 16 of the 30 samples contained other meat. Five of the samples contained no lamb at all. In comparison, eight of the 30 samples in London were mixed with other meat. Two of the minced lamb kebabs contained just beef.

Which? is calling on the Government, local authorities and the Food Standards agency to take steps to help restore consumers’ trust in the industry. A statement said: “Local authorities need to deliver food law enforcement effectively and efficiently. Given the limited resources that many local authorities are working with, they need to make the best use of these by sharing services and expertise across councils.”

It also says the Government needs to urgently implement the recommendations from the Elliott Review on horsemeat and prioritise food controls, standards and their enforcement. “We want a zero tolerance approach to food fraud so potential fraudsters know they will be caught,” states Which?

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