Food fraud firms should be 'named and shamed', says minister

13th March 2013, Comments 1 comment

Companies which commit food fraud should be ‘named and shamed’ at a European level, junior economic affairs minister Sharon Dijksma said in an interview with the Volkskrant on Wednesday.

‘At a European level I have called for a list of people who have been found guilty of food fraud,' she said. ‘Naming and shaming allows us to warn other countries.'

The opposition Liberal party D66 says the food safety body NVWA needs a further 50 inspectors to end the fiddling with food but Dijksma told the paper she is not sure how effective that will be, or how it would be paid for.

It is increasingly difficult to track down food fraud because the food chain - from farm to plate - is getting longer. ‘Take the horse meat situation,' she said. ‘That came from Romania and Luxembourg and ended up in a Dutch chill room. Then it went to another country to end up as beef in French lasagne.'

The entire sector, from farms to supermarkets, must be involved in making the food chain shorter, she said. MPs are due to debate food safety issues with Dijksma and health minister Edith Schippers on Thursday.



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1 Comment To This Article

  • woden

    on 13th March 2013, 17:45:37 - Reply

    Name and shame? I don't think that is a good idea - these people will be proud of what they have done, especially getting away with it lightly.- and making a huge fat profit. Why not multiply the fine by the number of people they conned. That would be fairer.