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We received 73 responses to this call for evidence.
On 4 June the Secretary of State announced that Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Global Institute for Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, was to lead an independent review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks.
The aim of the review will be to “advise the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Secretary of State for Health and also industry on issues which impact upon consumer confidence in the authenticity of food products, including any systemic failures in food supply networks and systems of oversight with implications for food safety and public health; and to make recommendations”.
The public, and all those involved in food supply (and the way that food supply is regulated) are invited to give us their views. Through this call for evidence, we are keen to hear about issues including those which affect consumer confidence.
The review will take around 9 to 12 months to complete. Professor Elliott published an interim report in December 2013. A final report will be published by Spring 2014.