The Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) works with partners to protect consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from serious criminal activity that impacts on the safety or authenticity of the food and drink they consume.
Food Crime Confidential is a reporting facility through which anyone with suspicions about food crime can report these safely and in confidence, over the phone or online. The facility is particularly targeted at those working in or around the UK food industry but is open to anyone who wishes to report or raise concerns about food crime.
The NFCU defines food crime as serious dishonesty which has a detrimental impact on either the safety or the authenticity of food, and encourage the sharing of any information, however seemingly insignificant, relating to suspected activity of this nature. In addition to identifying and being able to tackle specific instances of food crime, such information will help us learn more about the circumstances that make offending possible.
Food crime can include situations where:
• food or drink has been deliberately adulterated or substituted
• companies or businesses sell items of food or drink which falsely purport to be of a certain quality, deliver health benefits or claim to be from a specific place or region
• the freshness of food or drink is deliberately mispresented by altering labels, packaging or the appearance of a product
• products which are dangerous for human consumption are presented to consumers as suitable to eat or drink
If you have concerns or suspicions about food crime, get in touch.
You can get in touch:
- By email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By calling 0207 276 8787. Food Crime Confidential operates during normal office hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm).
- Via the Food Crime web form at www.food.gov.uk.
If you are reporting an emergency, please call 999.