Food Crime

Food crime can involve selling food or drink that has been tampered with, or using cheaper ingredients than the ones listed on the label.

What is food crime?

Food Crime involves serious and intentional dishonestly that impacts on the safety or authenticity of food, drink or animal feed. Food crime can involve:

  • selling counterfeit products such as fake alcohol
  • falsely using the identity of an established business to sell food and drink
  • deliberate mis-labelling of a product's country of origin for example claiming that a product was made in Scotland when it was produced or grown elsewhere
  • Slaughtering  animals in conditions which don’t meet our strict hygiene and welfare standards
  • Poaching wild animals and selling them on for consumption

For information for businesses about food crime or incidents please visit our business and industry pages.

Did you know

Food Crime costs the UK economy £1.17 billion each year

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Food Crime

The Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit (SFCIU) includes the investigations and intelligence gathering arms of Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

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Food incidents

A food incident occurs when there are concerns about threats to the safety or quality of food and/or feed.

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