Food Crime Unit boss to address safety conference

By Rick Pendrous

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Head of the Food Crime Unit Andy Morling will reveal his priorities at our food safety conference
Head of the Food Crime Unit Andy Morling will reveal his priorities at our food safety conference

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The head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Food Crime Unit (FCU) Andy Morling will outline his priorities for action at the Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference, which takes place later this month, in one of his first public appearances since being appointed earlier this year.

Morling will give the first presentation of the one-day conference, titled ‘Safer food and drink from the harvest to the home’. He will outline anti-fraud developments since the FCU was set up last year following the recommendations of Professor Chris Elliott’s report into the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

He has experience in intelligence and investigations, having spent time working in these areas for HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and the National Crime Agency.

‘Safe havens’

Morling will share details about how the FCU wants to work with companies within the food and drink industry to obtain intelligence and prevent future incidents of fraud. His talk will touch on the operation of so-called ‘safe havens’, where those with sensitive information about potentially illegal activities can share details without being targeted themselves.

The one-day conference takes place at The Lowry in Manchester on September 29. It will be chaired by Professor Colin Dennis, the new president of the US Institute of Food Technologists and former director-general of the world-renowned food research organisation Campden BRI.


The conference will comprise four sessions covering: Minimising contamination in raw materials and ingredients; Managing safety hazards and risks in processing, distribution and sale; Delivering products that are safe throughout their shelf-life; and Reassuring consumers about the safety of what they eat.

For full details of the conference programme, visit the event website or call 01293 610354.

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