Food Fraud Management Services
Eurofins Food Assurance provides vulnerability assessments to tackle food frauds. In close cooperation with its unparalleled Food Authenticity Competence Centres, Eurofins Food Assurance's food fraud consultants provide supply chain monitoring for fraud risk and help customers to build adapted mitigation strategies.
Food Fraud: Definition
Food fraud is the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food products or food ingredients. It is also when food products are mislabelled. Food fraud is becoming more and more prominent worldwide and results in billions of economic loss and brand reputation damages. It can sometimes even impact consumer health as when melamine has been added to baby milk to claim higher protein content in the product.
Why do food producers need a Food Fraud mitigation plan?
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has released new benchmarking requirements stating that adulteration and food fraud mitigation are integral parts of food safety management systems. All GFSI benchmarked Certified Program Owners have or are now integrating food fraud vulnerability assessments and mitigation plans into their certification standards.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in the U.S. and regulations under review in Europe reinforce the need for the food industry to deter food fraud.
Eurofins Food Fraud Database
Decernis Food fraud Database is a critical resource for industry, regulators, and other stakeholders to inform risk-based decisions on food fraud vulnerability and mitigation. As collaborators, Decernis and Eurofins have combined their expertise to provide the food sector with specific tools to combat food fraud. A subscription to Decernis provides:
- One year of access to thousands of ingredients and related records associated with food fraud, updated continuously.
- Customisable dashboards.
- Automated alerts and analytics.
- Four record types including incident and inference reports, surveillance records, and analytical methods.