Food hygiene investigations down despite rise in consumer complaints

A lack of funding is preventing local councils from cracking down on food crimes, two years after government cuts to trading standards budgets.

The number of raids on outlets selling counterfeit alcohol and misrepresented food between April 2012 and March 2015 rose by 10 per cent - from 115 to 127 - according to commercial firm EMW.

The majority of raids took place due to the illegal selling of counterfeit alcohol with off licenses the main offender, while misrepresentation of food sold by late night fast food outlets was also high on the list.

Though the number of raids has increased, EMW believes the figure remains low wi...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Solicitors Journal

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