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Recalls up by 50 per cent after horsegate

14 March 2016

Food recalls rose by 50 per cent last year in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, figures have revealed. 

From 2013-14, to 2014-15, the number of food recalls in the UK rose from 56 to 84, according to figures compiled by City law firm RPC.

“The horsemeat scandal set off reverberations across the food industry and now a couple of years on tighter measures and an increased scrutiny have clearly made a big difference,” said Gavin Reese, partner at RPC.

A statement by the firm added: “The National Food Crime Unit was established in 2014 which works to uncover incidents of food fraud in the UK. 

“RPC says that the creation of this unit as well as the increasing importance being placed by supermarkets on their supply chains may have led to the rise in food product recalls in the last year.”

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