UK appoints expert to lead review on horsemeat scandal

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: United kingdom, Republic of ireland, Food standards agency, Uk food standards agency, Beef, Livestock

UK food minister Owen Paterson has revealed that Professor Chris Elliot of Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland has been asked to lead an independent review into the horsemeat scandal.

Elliot, who specialises in food fraud, will advise the UK government on any systematic failures in the supply chain that might compromise food safety, as well as issues affecting consumer confidence. He has also been asked to present findings on the European aspects of the review, and will make recommendations on how the UK can improve its food supply systems and boost consumer trust in food.

The review will commence shortly, with a final report due by Spring 2014.

Meanwhile, Pat Troop, who is leading a review into the response to the scandal by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), is due to present her preliminary findings to the Agency’s Board at a meeting this afternoon.

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