Food fraud has become a growing issue as globalization of the food supply and supply chain complexity have increased. A diverse and complex supply chain has made it more difficult to monitor product quality and reduce the risk that contaminated and/or adulterated food is passed on to the consumer. Products frequently mislabeled or adulterated include fish, produce, juices, olive oil, and honey. Retailers, manufacturers, and distributors often do not have the expertise, technical knowledge, or resources to a tackle a problem of this complexity.
With these challenges in mind, FoodChain ID Testing has developed its Food Authenticity program, a risk-based management program that is specifically designed to verify product authenticity and identify and address areas in the supply chain vulnerable to food fraud. According to Dr. Heather Secrist, FoodChain ID Testing CEO, the program addresses the need for a system that is flexible, customized, cost-effective, and able to answer the important questions of integrity and safety in the food supply chain. “We understand the challenges that the food industry currently faces regarding food integrity and we are able to employ state-of-the-art technologies to assist in verifying product authenticity. With our extensive experience in food testing, certification, and consulting, FoodChain ID Testing is uniquely suited to provide a comprehensive risk-based food safety and authenticity management program to help distributors and retailers tackle this important issue,” says Dr. Secrist.
FoodChain ID Testing’s Food Authenticity program is customized for each client in order to identify potential areas of risk, address current and potential threats, enhance detection and traceability, and monitor supply chain activity. “The Food Authenticity Program furthers FoodChain ID Testing’s mission to provide our customers comprehensive support in terms of food safety and integrity and draws upon our areas of core expertise,” says Dr. Secrist.