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Campaigns | Food fraud

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Mission statement

We think you should feel confident in the food you eat. That's why we called on Government, local authorities and the Food Standards Agency to stop food fraud. The Government has now committed to tackling food fraud, including a new Food Crime Unit set up to strengthen food enforcement.

Campaign wins

Alongside 37,000 supporters we helped convince the Government to accept all the recommendations in Professor Chris Elliott’s review into food supply networks. 

Our wins include:

- The food industry, the Government and enforcement agencies have committed to put the needs of consumers first above all other objectives
- A National Food Crime Unit has been set up to strengthen food enforcement
- A cross-government working group has been established to regularly discuss food integrity and food crime
- Prosecutions for fraud in lamb takeaways following the Which? investigation

We'll continue to carry out investigations into cases of food fraud and apply pressure on the Government and the Food Standards Agency to restore your trust in the food you eat.

Hitting the headlines

Facts and Figures

Testing what's in your food

- Only 56% of people say they're confident that what they're buying is exactly what is stated in the ingredients list.

- 92% of people say it's important that local authorities test food to make sure companies are correctly labelling it.

- Around 10% of councils did no sampling to check food composition at all.

Our takeaways investigation

- We tested 60 lamb takeaway samples - 24 were adulterated.

- Out of 30 lamb kebabs tested, only 9 contained just lamb.

- Of 30 lamb curries tested, only 22 were 100% lamb.

- 3 curries contained no lamb at all and only beef.

- There were 5 samples tested where we could not identify the meat.

Take action

Our campaign to stop food fraud is now closed

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