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Bidvest 3663 statement on the Elliott report published on the 4th Sept

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Bidvest 3663 statement on the Elliott report published on the 4th Sept

September 05
16:30 2014

Professor Chris Elliott’s final report into the integrity and assurance of UK food supply networks was published on 4th September, 2014.

Background

In June 2013, Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Global Institute for Food Security at Queens University Belfast, was asked by Secretaries of State for Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (Defra) 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.

Our statement

We support the recommendations outlined in Professor Elliott’s report. Having contributed to the review we are pleased that the report acknowledges the good work that has already been undertaken by many in the industry to minimise food fraud.

“UK consumers have access to perhaps the safest food in the world and all those involved in supplying food and regulating industry should be commended for what has been achieved.” – Professor Chris Elliott

Ensuring the integrity of the products we sell is of paramount importance to us and we pride ourselves on our quality assurance procedures. As a responsible distributor within the foodservice market, we have taken a proactive approach to monitoring the safety and quality of all our products to ensure we continue to meet all relevant food safety, quality and legal requirements.

We fully support the report findings and are confident that the recommendations for responsible supplier practices the report proposes are already closely aligned to our existing quality assurance and auditing policies.

We will work closely with the FSA, BRC and relevant industry bodies to support the introduction of more standardised testing and risk assessed auditing processes across the whole food supply chain, with the ultimate aim of reducing the risk of food fraud and building consumer confidence.

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