What is Food Fraud?

September 28, 2020 3:01 pm


In today’s world, it is easy to find people and organizations who are guilty of what is called Food Fraud. Food fraud is one of the worst examples of greed and lack of integrity on the part of some criminals which can badly affect local restaurants. Food fraud can occur at any point in the food supply chain, from the growing stage to the final delivery stage.

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The scientific term used in the food industry for this type of fraud is Economically Driven Adulteration (EDA). This is the most prevalent form of food fraud because it involves the use of preservatives, additives, colourings or even substituting good meat for cheap alternatives that don’t pass food safety regulations. There are certain steps you can take as a consumer when you suspect that your food has been contaminated by this type of fraud.

There are many resources that are specifically made for people who want to investigate food fraud. If you are suspicious of your food or have a concern regarding food fraud, you may wish to consider contacting food inspectors to look over your food purchases.  For more information on food safety consultants and how to audit your food business, consider a BRC Audit. Visit MQM for BRC Audits

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The investigator will use various techniques to find out what type of fraud has occurred. The Food Standards Agency will investigate all crimes relating to food fraud to detect and prevent this kind of fraud from occurring throughout the food supply chain in the UK.