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Recent scandals have highlighted the need to strengthen food fraud prevention measures across the entire supply chain. Food safety and quality management systems have traditionally focused on unintentional contamination with known pathogens or substances. Food fraud prevention, however, requires a different approach: it must take into account economic incentives and deceptive criminal behaviour.
This topic has become increasing relevant in China's food industry. As the country's production, processing, manufacturing and distribution have grown in scale and diversity, the opportunities and motivation for food fraud have increased dramatically. China now has some of the world’s largest food companies but the sector remains extremely fragmented with millions of small operators - a difficult environment for preventing food fraud.
This report provides guidance for companies seeking to understand and manage food fraud risks in their supply chains. It outlines the different types of food fraud, common targets and provides a framework for analysing risk. There is information on new Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food fraud requirements. And finally, the report contains instructions for using a free, online food fraud vulnerability assessment tool to better understand fraud risks for any ingredient or food product.
The app is free to download in both English and Chinese here