Liam Aylward MEP and Member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has strongly criticised the European Commission for failing to take note of the growing crime of food fraud.
“Last year, following reports from Europol and the World Custom Union, I raised the issue of food fraud with the European Commission and was disappointed with their response.
In light of the recent revelations of wide scale food fraud across the EU, it would seem that the European Commission have been lax and neglectful in their procedures and commitment to identify and tackle food fraud.”
The Commission in their response to the MEPs Written Question stated that, “Official controls ensure the identification of shortcomings and should allow the adoption of remedial action and penalties where food crimes are committed.
In the light of this, there is no need to develop a specific strategy to fight food fraud.”