Research body develops food fraud ID systems

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has told the food industry to “expect the unexpected” after the publishing of the Elliott review last week.

The Elliott review highlighted that the industry needs to take a more holistic approach to tackling food fraud, including cooperation between industry and organisations such as Fera.

Meanwhile Fera reported it was developing systems which could identify food fraud earlier.

Fera’s Paul Brereton, coordinator of the EU FoodIntegrity Project, explained: “The food industry needs to expect the unexpected.  

“Key to the future is developing methods and systems that can detect change from the norm in food products and identify the source of that change. Fera is a leader in developing these non-targeted approaches. The beauty of these systems is that they not only detect the unexpected but also can be used for quality assurance and product improvement purposes.”

Brereton continued: “Working with other experts in Europe these systems are looking at how major changes in commodity prices and other global events can create the incentives for food fraud to take place.  While it is difficult to predict food fraud events our systems will identify future high risk areas based on events that are taking place today.”

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