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The term food fraud has been a topic of tall interest recently. This has been largely brought into focus by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which has released their new benchmarking requirements document emphasizing the importance of having a finely-honed food fraud mitigation plan. With this new focus, all GFSI benchmarked Certified Program Owners have added food fraud vulnerability assessments and mitigation plans into their certification standards.
Diving deeper into the meaning of food fraud, experts define it as deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, misrepresentation of food, or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain that could impact consumer health.
There are two parts to controlling food fraud in any food safety management systems which are 1.) vulnerability assessment and 2.) the mitigation plan. The vulnerability assessment identifies potential risk from your ingredients that could infiltrate your systems. The mitigation plan then puts out a plan to regulate the risk and reduce it.
- Understand the various categories of food fraud.
- Assess your supply chain to identify potential threats.
- Evaluate internal procedures to recognize where threats could occur.
- Develop a plan to mitigate supply chain and internal threats.
- Reexamine plans to anticipate new threats and identify gaps.