Food Fraud Prevention

What is Food Fraud?
Food fraud is the deliberate misrepresentation of food by intentional substitution, mislabeling, or dilution, commonly for economic gain. This deliberate practice of misrepresenting food has been in existence since the middle ages, when high demand spices were adulterated with seeds, dirt, ground nutshells, etc. in order to be more profitable.

Why Is It IMportant?

Misrepresentation of food is illegal and can cost consumers thousands of dollars each year. Consumers pay extra for foods that are marketed as premium or high quality, such as organic, but sometimes do not get what they paid for. These foods can be intentionally substituted with lower cost items at the same premium price.

Occasionally, foods can be adulterated with contaminants that can harm the consumer. Examples include baby food adulterated with melamine and cumin adulterated with peanut protein. Both of these incidents resulted in consumer illness.

Processors must protect food from deliberate acts of food fraud in order to maintain trust throughout the food supply.

Course Description

Food companies must understand the food fraud risk factors throughout their supply chain and be able to demonstrate that they have effective programs in place to protect their customers and consumers. Consumers expect their food to be safe from adulterants and presented honestly.

The Global Food Safety Initiative recognized the importance of food fraud prevention years ago. Food companies who are audited to a global standard, such as BRCGS or SQF, must have a written food fraud prevention program including a vulnerability assessment and mitigation strategies to prevent fraud from high-risk foods.

The course will teach participants what food products have a history of fraud and show them how to assess vulnerability, develop mitigation strategies and produce a record-keeping system to demonstrate their preventive efforts.

Food Fraud Prevention

Who Will Benefit From Taking This Course

Anyone who has a responsibility for quality assurance and food safety within the industry. Quality Assurance, Food Safety and Plant Managers as well as practitioners for programs such as SQF, BRCGS and FSSC 22000. Employees responsible for purchasing ingredients need to understand what food fraud is and how they can protect their company from purchasing fraudulent and illegal products.

What Skills Can Students Expect To Learn?

As a participant in this training course, you will learn more about the history of food fraud and what food items are commonly associated with this illegal practice. We will teach students how to risk-assess their food supply for vulnerability indicators. Common indicators include:
  • High cost
  • High demand, low supply
  • Specific origin
  • Special claims
Participants will then learn how to develop mitigation strategies to prevent food fraud within their supply-chains. Participants will be given a food fraud vulnerability assessment template to use during the course as well as for future reference.

Schedule Your Class Today

Understanding food fraud is easier than it sounds. When equipped with the proper education and tools, you can be the expert your company needs to protect its brand.

Below is a list of our upcoming food fraud public classes. Simply click on the “event detail” button below to register.  If you feel your company can better benefit from a private lesson, contact us today today to schedule a training date that is convenient for you and your team.

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