Guidance on Approaches to Ensure the Authenticity of Food

Background

The complex and global nature of modern supply chains has led to an increased risk of contamination of foods (both unintentional and deliberate). This has allowed economic drivers to affect consumer health and trust. Breaches in food authenticity can be very costly, prompting unprecedented spending by health service providers and the food industry. Some recent cases of food inauthenticity cost the industry as much as €30 billion/year.

Several institutions and organisations have engaged to combat food fraud, but the lack of an integrated approach endorsing analytical, traceability, defence, and regulatory risk assessment and management aspects is suboptimal if not inhibiting.

Objectives

The task force will provide a guidance document including a solution-kit approach; this will be based partly on a review and consolidation of the existing activities in this area.

Having a consolidated view on the appropriate mitigation of food inauthenticity would benefit not just the food industry. It would also provide a baseline for regulatory agencies and academics to understand what is viewed as current best practice.

Expected Impact

The project will significantly enhance the understanding of food fraud risks, their management and reduction, by bringing together all stakeholders in order to identify and bridge current scientific knowledge gaps and integrate the different approaches into a single, holistic, efficient approach.

What’s New

  • The New Task Force Proposal is at the final stages of the review process.
  • The authors of the proposal and interested members are actively brainstorming to precisely establish the new activities under this task force.
  • We expect our kick-off meeting to take place in mid-July – there is still time to become part of this task force!

For more detailed information, please contact Ms Nevena Hristozova at nhristozova@ilsieurope.be.