The establishment of a Food Crime Unit was one of the recommendations of the Elliott Review in the wake of the horsegate scandal. Richard Hoskin was temporarily appointed in February, but the agency has now announced Morling will start as the new head this week.
Morling has spent most of his career working in intelligence and investigations for HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, and the National Crime Agency, where he was a senior intelligence lead.
Will Creswell, head of consumer protection at the FSA, said: “Andy has a strong track record in intelligence and criminal investigation, so he has the ideal experience to lead the Food Crime Unit as it builds its intelligence-gathering network and collaborates with others to tackle criminal behaviour in the food chain”.
The unit, which was set up last year, is initially focusing on “building intelligence and evidence of the risks and the nature of food fraud and food crime in the UK”.