There is growing interest in authenticity in the food supply chain, whether that's related to the quality of the product or its origin. Unfortunately when some people have the opportunity to make money, there is a risk of fraud that can have consequences for food safety. The food supply chain needs to be able to ensure claims about the product meet expectations and that is why I think this issue will become increasingly important in the future.
An integrated food safety and quality management system combined with certification is an effective way to reduce the risk but in the end, it is the responsibility of the food manufacturer or the service provider to put sufficient elements and controls in place to mitigate the risks for food authenticity. We expect that the GFSI will introduce requirements on food fraud for the certification schemes and that they will require food organisations to have a vulnerability assessment in place on food fraud risks and controls in place where needed, all of which will help to ensure that the global food supply chain is free from adulterated products and that food is not only sustainable, but is safe to eat. On the road to food safety, this can only be a positive step.
This excerpt is adapted from a new series of Food Safety podcasts with Cor, which you can download for free on iTunes. LRQA will be exhibiting on stand C4-5 at the 2016 Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin from the 29th February to 3rd March.