Food Fraud & Authenticity

Food Fraud is deliberate or intentional tampering with food products by means of adulteration, substitution or misrepresentation of the food products for economic gain. It is a growing issue and is becoming of increasing concern, as it has the potential for detrimental economic, brand and food-safety consequences for the food industry. Here you will find articles related to Food Fraud, authenticity, and innovations that assist in preventing Food Fraud.

Meat fraud: Overview of vulnerabilities

Meat products are notorious for being highly susceptible to fraud. This is due to a combination of factors, including the high cost of meat products, the similar sensory properties of different meat species, and the ease of adulterating comminuted and processed meat products. Acts of meat fraud c...

Meat fraud: Testing to detect species substitution

Acts of fraud relating to meat products are ongoing, and a global issue. A brand’s reputation can be severely compromised should a product be found to be fraudulent. Consumers rely on the accurate and complete declaration of food constituents to enable them to make product choices that are cons...

Gelatine and collagen: authenticity concerns

When it comes to food fraud, gelatine and collagen are not usually ingredients that first come to mind. However, compromised authenticity of these products can create major ethical concerns. Because gelatine and collagen are widely used in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, acts of adultera...

Gelatine in comminuted processed meat products

The Regulations Regarding the Classification, Packing and Marking of Processed Meat Products (R. 1283) may require the processed meat industry to take a closer look at their product matrices and verify an absence of gelatine. How can this be done, and to which comminuted processed meat products does...

Fish and Seafood fraud: Species mislabelling

Fish fraud is a major global issue. The Decernis Food Fraud database currently lists 192 incidents of fish and seafood fraud that have occurred over the last four decades; however, the true extent of fraud in the fish and seafood industry is unknown, as most incidents are unreported. Species mislab...

Fish and Seafood fraud: Concerns beyond mislabelling

Although species mislabelling is the most common type of fraud that affects fish and seafood products, there are other aspects of fish fraud that should be considered.  Adulteration with formaldehyde is a concern The Decernis Food Fraud database lists 15 incidents of fish and seafood adulterati...

Testing for honey fraud

Honey fraud can take on many forms (click here for an overview on the types of honey fraud). This makes testing the authenticity of honey very complex, as there is no single test that can check for all types of honey fraud. Honey authenticity testing is like a jigsaw puzzle: the more pieces you c...

Types of honey products

In South Africa, honey is regulated through the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), under the Agricultural Product Standards Act (Act No. 119 of 1990), specifically the Regulations Relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking of Honey and Mixtures of Bee Products i...

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