UK - A former member of HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Fraud Office and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency is to head up the new Food Crime Unit in the UK.
The unit has been established following the horse meat scandal that swept the UK and Europe over two years ago and in the wake of the findings of the Elliott report into the meat fraud.
The Food Standards Agency has appointed Andy Morling as the Head of the Food Crime Unit, and he starts in the role this week.
Mr Morling has extensive experience in intelligence and investigations, having spent the majority of his career working in these areas for HM Revenue and Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and latterly the National Crime Agency, where he was a Senior Intelligence Lead.
The Food Crime Unit was established at the end of last year.
During its first phase the Unit is focusing on building intelligence and evidence of the risks and the nature of food fraud and food crime in the UK.
The unit exchanges intelligence and priorities at local, regional and national levels with a range of enforcement partners.
Will Creswell, Head of Consumer Protection at the FSA, said: “Andy has a strong track record in intelligence and criminal investigation, so he has the ideal experience to lead the Food Crime Unit as it builds its intelligence-gathering network and collaborates with others to tackle criminal behaviour in the food chain.”
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