In the UK, the scandal of contaminated horse meat being fraudulently introduced into beef burgers seems to grow by the day. Right now, extensive testing of processed meat products is being carried out on a full range of other processed meat products. Europe is currently braced for further very bad news next week!
However, this is not just isolated to Europe. There is now some certainty that food fraud is occurring on a global basis and what we are being sold to consume is not necessarily what we think.
Following the banking scandals, and other almost daily exposures in other sectors, business culture maybe heading towards a situation which is totally out of control, unless somebody gets a grip.
Now that a great deal of the truth is out in the open, the blame game appears to be starting. Organised crime in Eastern Europe is being cited as one of the main reasons, but this may be just a distraction. This week, further raids on meat processing plants here in the UK have revealed alleged purposeful contamination of meat products. The evidence, once it is known, may reveal food contamination as a mainstream practice within the global food supply industry. So who is accountable?
The answer to this question is complex, and no doubt will come out during what will be a prolonged enquiry. However, what is certain is that the leadership of regulators, major retail organisations, suppliers, and weak practices in supply chain management will be called into question. Also, potential criminal proceedings may result across the whole supply chain and third parties.
The public is now calling into question the degree of trust that they can have in large retail outlets and whether these often soulless organisations can ever be truly ethical in the way which they conduct their affairs.
It may be that the days of the small independent retailer as trusted and preferred option are back!
Do you really know what you had for dinner last night?