The paper "The UK Horse Meat Scandal of 2012" is an amazing example of a Business assignment. Current supply chain management (SCM) literature provides a range of definitions of the supply chain. A prevailing definition, according to Cutting-Decelle et al. (2007, p73), is that the supply chain is a system that consists of several stakeholders. In the supply chain, information flows in both directions. The rationale for supply chain management is to distribute the right products in their right quality and quantity at the right time and at a favorable cost (Storey et al.
2006). However, a failure to manage the relationship between the stakeholders may lead to a failure to distribute the right products in their right quality and quantity at the right time and at a favorable cost, as evident in the case of the horsemeat scandal. This report provides an analysis of the 2012-2013 horsemeat scandal in the UK to determine the causes of the supply chain problems that occurred and suggestions on how the problems may be resolved. 2.0 Problem background: Case of the horsemeat scandal in the UK The interest in food safety picked after food supply chains from across the globe reportedly experienced different forms of food scare (Yamoah & Yawson 2014).
In the UK, for instance, when a report by the Food Standard Agency (FSA) showed some 19.2 percent decline in foodborne illnesses in the period 2000-2006, close to 53,000 laboratory-declared cases of foodborne pathogens were reported in 2005 alone (Yamoah & Yawson 2014). The meat scandal of 2013, for instance, started immediately after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland stated publicly that the foods, advertised as containing beef, had undeclared horsemeat.
A report developed by the Food Safety Authority indicated that the horse DNA was traceable in the frozen beef burgers sold in some UK supermarkets, such as Tesco, Lidl, and Iceland (Yamoah & Yawson 2014). Although this was treated as an indirect issue of food safety, the scandal brought to light the significant extent of breakdown regarding the quality of the food supply chain, in addition to certain risks of inclusion of harmful ingredients. It is argued that a weak relationship between the suppliers may have caused supply chain failures.
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