FPA ASKS ANDY MORLING NEW FOOD CRIMES UNIT HEAD TO ENFORCE MATERIAL CONTACT LAWS

FPA ASKS ANDY MORLING NEW FOOD CRIMES UNIT HEAD TO ENFORCE MATERIAL CONTACT LAWS

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) appointment of Andy Morling as the head of the Food Crime Unit is welcomed by the FPA as a very welcome appointment with someone having such a strong background in investigating and prosecuting fraud. The FSA clearly means business with this appointment and we very much look forward to a constructive dialogue with Mr Morling to ensure he views ‘illegal’ packaging as an important part of the Food Crime Unit’s remit. The message being food security and packaging security go hand in hand.

The FPA has campaigned for the Food Crime Unit to incorporate packaging within its remit. Given the uneven enforcement of food contact material legislation across the EU we very much feel there should be a more integrated approach and if we are seeking food security then we should also be seeking packaging security. Of course the majority of packaging complies with legislation but nonetheless we need to be tougher in ensuring all packaging entering the EU is fully compliant.

By including packaging in the new Agency’s remit the FSA will highlight the need for retailers and operators to ensure the packaging they purchase is fully compliant.

Morling has extensive experience in intelligence and investigations, having spent the majority of his career working in these areas for HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and latterly the National Crime Agency, where he was a senior intelligence lead.

The Food Crime Unit was established at the end of 2014. During its first phase the Unit is focusing on building intelligence and evidence of the risks and the nature of food fraud and food crime in the UK. The unit exchanges intelligence and priorities at local, regional and national levels with a range of enforcement partners.