Have you ever been a victim of food fraud, either as a consumer or while working in the food industry? It’s likely that at some point you have paid too much for a ‘premium’ product that was not exactly what it should have been. Foods such as olive oil, organic products, fish and specialty beef products are commonly misrepresented to purchasers. Take the food fraud survey to find out it you have been affected.
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Authentic food is something that we all value, both as consumers and as members of the food industry. At the moment there is growing awareness of problems with the authenticity of many food and beverages. At the consumer level we see this awareness in investigative pieces on current affairs television shows, campaigns by consumer advocacy groups and on-line discussions on social media. At the food business level food authenticity is becoming big news. Right now there are big impacts for food manufacturers that are certified to GFSI-endorsed standards, since all the standards have been recently updated to include new requirements for food fraud prevention activities. In the regulatory world food authenticity-related crimes are proving to be attractive to organised crime syndicates. The cross-border and cross-disciplinary regulatory issues are a real challenge.