Sunday 26 October 2014

EU set to beef up food fraud laws after horsemeat scandal

Published 26/01/2014 | 02:30

If you're still avoiding beef burgers after last year's horsemeat scandal, you might be relieved to hear that the European Parliament plans to introduce tougher penalties for food-chain fraud.

Earlier this month, the European Parliament put forward a range of measures to crack down on food fraud, including higher penalties for fraudsters, obligatory origin labelling, and more unannounced inspections to ensure that food is safe and what it says it is.

"Strong EU counter-measures are vital as another fraud was uncovered last month in France where horsemeat unfit for human consumption entered the food chain," said Camille Perrin of the European Consumer Organisation, BEUC. "Lessons from last year's horsemeat scandals were not learnt as some fraudsters are still willing to take risks for easy money."

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The relief is available for businesses set up between 25 Oct 25, 2013, and Dec 31, 2016.

Irish Independent

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