Food Standards Scotland: Food Crime Campaign update

Back in November 2018, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) launched the Food Crime Campaign with the aim of raising awareness of food crime. The first phase of activity also looked to encourage all those working in the food and drink industry to uphold and maintain the high standards in Scotland.

Through partnering with Crimestoppers, the campaign increased awareness of the secure and confidential Food Crime Hotline. This service enables someone suspecting fraudulent activity to report it, with confidence that it would be dealt with professionally and anonymously.

From early October, phase two of the Food Crime Campaign has been underway and is continuing to gather industry support. FSS is again reaching out to organisations in the food and drink industry encouraging them to play their role in reducing food crime and promoting the Food Crime Hotline.

To boost this second phase of the campaign, FSS has filmed an informative Q&A video to address the key issues, barriers and innovations in tackling food crime. This can be viewed on their website.

If you have any information or concerns about food crime, the Scottish Food Crime Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 0800 028 7926 for a free and confidential service.

fiin members update

Since reporting first began, fiin has collated over 250,000 product authenticity test results, which have been analysed and disseminated between members to provide valuable insight and intelligence.

With more members, the greater the dataset and more targeted and robust the intelligence becomes. fiin is particularly looking for membership in categories including, alcoholic drinks, commodity food ingredients, and ‘food to go’ restaurants.

To become a fiin member, or to find out more, please contact us.