“Wherever there is money to be made – and the sums involved in food fraud are in the billions – criminals will find a way.”
Professor Chris Elliott, addressing the recent Food Fraud Conference in Doncaster, England, warned that unless the issue was taken seriously by authorities and the police, it was likely to happen again.
Elliot said food fraud was an organised and global criminal enterprise involving gangs such as the Mafia and the Central American drug cartels.
He said up to 50,000 horses “disappeared” from Europe during the financial meltdown which started around 2008. People could no longer afford to keep them – and it was likely a lot of them ended up in the food supply system…(CONTINUED)