Learn how to perform a vulnerability assessment, download templates and tools, subscribe to our food fraud horizon scanning service, find a laboratory, access links to public food fraud databases, view guidance documents and reports, get help with your food safety documents, speak to an expert.
1. Food Fraud Reports and Horizon Scanning Service
Meet the requirements of BRC Issue 7, clause 5.4.1; look to the future and be prepared for food fraud. Food Fraud Advisors’ food fraud alerts and downloadable horizon scanning documents are available now. Download a free trial today.
2. Vulnerability assessment tools
The Vulnerability Assessment Helper and the GFSI Vulnerability Assessment Tool are Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets that help food businesses to quickly and simply assess whether their products and raw materials are vulnerable to economically motivated adulteration, substitution or dilution.
Use the tools to:
- learn how to do a vulnerability assessment
- learn how different material characteristics affect risk
- collect and store all relevant information in one place
- Create reports for audits
Instant downloads; start today and complete your first vulnerability assessment in less than one hour.
“It was very easy to use and very helpful. I wish I would’ve found this sooner. Food Fraud Advisor’s Assessment Tool helped me a great deal with getting a better understanding of a vulnerability assessments, the helpful hints throughout the assessment were amazing. I just had my BRC audit last week and the auditor praised me! All positive feedback I received.”
– Donna, QA and FS Manager, Catelli Foods Corp
3. Review my vulnerability assessment
Have a qualified food safety auditor review your vulnerability assessment and provide feedback.
4. Expert advice
Talk to one of our expert food scientists today.
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5. Guidance documents and reports
- Learn how to perform vulnerability assessments with our non-nonsense guide: Vulnerability Assessments; What, Why How.
- The Elliott Review: the first publicly funded broad-scale attempt to review issues of food fraud, an excellent overview of the situation in the United Kingdom and Europe in 2013 and 2014. Widely quoted and well-received. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/elliott-review-into-the-integrity-and-assurance-of-food-supply-networks-final-report
- The Global Food Safety Inititave’s (GFSI) position on food fraud: GFSI Position on Mitigating the Public Health Risk of Food Fraud (2014), Food Fraud Think Tank http://www.mygfsi.com/news-resources/news/news-releases/190-gfsi-position-paper-on-mitigating-the-public-health-risk-of-food-fraud.html
- Food Authenticity Guidance, published by the Food and Drink Federation: Step by step guidance on food fraud prevention for food businesses (free to download) http://www.fdf.org.uk/corporate_pubs/Food-Authenticity-guide-2014.pdf
- The Food Crime Unit report: the first annual report of the United Kingdom’s Food Crime Unit; a comprehensive overview of the current state of affairs, and a strategic plan for tackling food crime. https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15017/the-food-standards-agency-fsa-has-today-published-the-first-assessment-of-food-crime-in-the-uk
- USA Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) position on food fraud: A fact sheet which describes how the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) addresses economically motivated adulteration of food. Hint: find it in the ‘hazard analysis’ requirements, which refers to hazards that are ‘intentionally introduced for ecomomic gain’. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334115.htm
6. Find a laboratory
Food Fraud Advisors maintains a database of testing facilities that have capabilities in the areas of food authenticity, species verification, botanicals, supplements testing and general food testing, including food microbiology. We have no financial association with any laboratory and receive no financial incentives for our recommendations. Click here to request an independent recommendation. This is a free service.
7. Databases of food fraud incidences
Our list of the world’s best known food fraud databases:
- US Pharmacopeial Convention (UPS) database www.foodfraud.org
- European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/rasff-window/portal/
- US FDA Recalls and Food Safety Alerts http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/
For more information on each of these databases and how to use them, read our advice on how to investigate susceptibility to food fraud.