Food supply networks: integrity and assurance review

The aim of the review was to advise the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Secretary of State for Health, and also industry on issues which impact upon consumer confidence in the authenticity of food products.

On 4 June 2013 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 was to advise 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.

Final report

Professor Elliott published his final report on 4 September 2014

Interim report

The interim report was published in December 2013. Professor Elliott’s final report will be published by Spring 2014.

Review update

Elliott Review update: October 2013 (PDF, 14.1KB, 1 page)

Terms of reference

Food supply networks review: terms of reference (PDF, 20.7KB, 2 pages)

Calls for evidence

We invited the public, and all those involved in food supply (and the way that food supply is regulated) to give us their views on issues including those which affect consumer confidence. This call for evidence closed on 7 August 2013. A summary of the responses to the call for evidence is available.

Notes of meetings

Note of meeting with Dr Kristian Moeller of GLOBALG.A.P. :1 May 2014 (PDF, 21.9KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with the Clerk of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee: 19 March 2014 (PDF, 20.4KB, 4 pages)

Note of meeting with Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra: 21 March 2014 (PDF, 17.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST): 28 February 2014 (PDF, 15.6KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF): 27 February 2014 (PDF, 21.2KB, 4 pages)

Note of meeting with British Retail Consortium (BRC):17 February 2014 (PDF, 44.6KB, 8 pages)

Note of meeting with the UK Renderers’ Association (UKRA): 14 February 2014 (PDF, 20.7KB, 3 pages)

Note of telecom with Seafish: 7 February 2014 (PDF, 21.8KB, 3 pages)

Note of telecom with STS: 7 February 2014 (PDF, 17.9KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with International Meat Traders Association (IMTA): 4 February 2014 (PDF, 20.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of Industry Roundtable: 30 January 2014 (PDF, 38.5KB, 8 pages)

Note of meeting with Sodexo: 29 January 2014 (PDF, 18.4KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with BRC Global Standards: 23 January 2014 (PDF, 18.8KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Oxford Instruments: 21 January 2014 (PDF, 14.4KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with Martin Forsyth, 3663: 17 January 2014 (PDF, 16.7KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Which?: 16 January 2014 (PDF, 17.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of telecom with Interpol & Europol: 15 January 2014 (PDF, 17.8KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD): 9 January 2014 (PDF, 19KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with British Standards Institution: 8 January 2014 (PDF, 24.1KB, 5 pages)

Note of meeting with Quantum Care: 19 December 2013 (PDF, 17.6KB, 3 pages)

Note of telephone conference with Devon County Council: 6 December 2013 (PDF, 14.4KB, 2 pages)

Note of follow-up meeting with Food Forensics: 6 December 2013 (PDF, 14.8KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with Chilled Food Association: 28 November 2013 (PDF, 17.7KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Chair of the Food Standards Agency: 28 November 2013 (PDF, 14.2KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with Hazel Gowland: 27 November 2013 (PDF, 101KB, 10 pages)

Note of telecom with Elior: 18 November 2013 (PDF, 19.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Jim McLauchlin: 13 November 2013 (PDF, 37.8KB, 5 pages)

Note of meeting with Asda: 12 November 2013 (PDF, 16.7KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Cabinet Office: 7 November 2013 (PDF, 18.3KB, 3 pages)

Note of visit to Cranswick Preston and Lazenby’s with Sainsbury’s: 1 November 2013 (PDF, 16.7KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Glenn Taylor: 31 October 2013 (PDF, 27.3KB, 5 pages)

Note of meeting with Liz Moran: 23 October 2013 (PDF, 17.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Duncan Campbell: 23 October 2013 (PDF, 21.9KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Alan Richards: 23 October 2013 (PDF, 17.4KB, 3 pages)

Note of roundtable discussion with journalists: 30 September 2013 (PDF, 21.7KB, 4 pages)

Note of meeting with LGC: 30 September 2013 (PDF, 15.4KB, 2 pages)

Note of visit to Linden Foods and OSI with McDonald’s: 27 September 2013 (Linden Foods) and 15 October 2013 (OSI) (PDF, 22.4KB, 4 pages)

Note of Northern Ireland Industry Roundtable: 26 September 2013 (PDF, 22KB, 4 pages)

Note of meeting with Dairy UK: 17 September 2013 (PDF, 16KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Marks & Spencer: 16 September 2013 (PDF, 21.8KB, 3 pages)

Note of roundtable meeting with lawyers: 16 September 2013 (PDF, 33.8KB, 6 pages)

Note of meeting with the British Retail Consortium Global Standards: 2 September 2013 (PDF, 17.2KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH): 23 July 2013 (PDF, 18.2KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Food and Drink Federation (FDF): 10 July 2013 (PDF, 17.8KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Which?: 17 July 2013 (PDF, 20.8KB, 4 pages)

Note of Industry Roundtable: 17 July 2013 (PDF, 43.6KB, 7 pages)

Note of meeting with the Association of Public Analysts (APA): 17 July 2013 (PDF, 17.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Food Standards Agency (FSA): 10 July 2013 (PDF, 19.5KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Food and Drink Federation (FDF): 10 July 2013 (PDF, 17.8KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD): 27 June 2013 (PDF, 13.9KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with British Meat Processors Association (BMPA): 27 June 2013 (PDF, 15.1KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with the British Hospitality Association (BHA): 27 June 2013 (PDF, 17KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with Food Standards Agency (FSA): 27 June 2013 (PDF, 16.9KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with British Retail Consortium (BRC): 27 June 2013 (PDF, 15.7KB, 2 pages)

Note of meeting with Pat Troop: 26 June 2013 (PDF, 16.6KB, 3 pages)

Note of meeting with IGD: 26 June 2013 (PDF, 16.8KB, 3 pages)

Negotiations on the Proposed EU Regulation on Official Controls

Negotiations on the Proposed EU Regulation on Official Controls: Letter to Owen Patterson (PDF, 48.9KB, 3 pages)

Negotiations on the Proposed EU Regulation on Official Controls: Letter to Jeremy Hunt (PDF, 48.8KB, 3 pages)

Policies

Contact details

reviewfoodintegrityassurance@defra.gsi.gov.uk