Food fraud: you don’t want it. If you are manufacturing, wholesaling or retailing food or beverages, fraudulent activities within your supply chain pose huge risks to your brand and to the safety of your customers.
Protecting a business from food fraud first requires an understanding of the vulnerabilities; businesses need to understand how likely it is that fraud will affect their supply chains and also understand the impact it could have on their consumers, customers and brands. Different food types vary in their susceptibility to food fraud and the risks change over time so it is important for purchasers of food and food ingredients to remain vigilant about new and emerging risks. The act of monitoring for emerging and future threats is sometimes called horizon scanning. Within the food industry, horizon scanning refers to the act of collecting information about current trends in food production and predicted incidences that could increase the likelihood of food fraud for a particular food material.
The requirement to monitor emerging and predicted food fraud issues will become part of all major (GFSI) food safety standards in the next few years. It is already a requirement of BRC 7, the most recent issue of the food safety standard published by the British Retail Consortium.
Learn more about how to monitor food fraud threats here.