Adulteration and Food Fraud

iStock_000011448845_LargeAdulteration and food fraud can pose serious issues for companies. The most common examples of economically motivated adulteration involve the addition of materials to make a food seem more valuable and while this is frequently not a safety issue, it is of concern to the entire food industry. A number of resources are available from ASTA and other organizations to address adulteration and food fraud.

 

ASTA Resources

Other Resources

Identification and Prevention of Adulteration Guidance Document
Adulteration is one of the major concerns of the spice industry and this guidance document provides a tool for companies to identify circumstances when adulteration may occur and then take steps to prevent it. The ASTA guidance is based on a publication developed by the British Retail Consortium, the Food and Drink Federation and the Seasoning and Spice Association.
USP Food Fraud Database
The U. S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has updated its on-line, searchable database for food ingredient fraud report and is now charging a fee for access.  The database can be used to assess existing and emerging risks and trends for economically motivated adulteration, authenticity, fraud, or counterfeiting issues for food ingredients.  It may also be useful in managing the risk of food fraud by providing a library of detection methods reported in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Member Self Regulation Program
ASTA is committed to ensuring clean, safe spice and the Self-Regulation Program was developed as a tool to facilitate that effort. Members who believe a spice has been adulterated may file a confidential report with ASTA’s legal counsel who will investigate the allegation. Complete details on the scope of the program and how to file a report are contained in the materials.
USP Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has developed Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance. Published in October 2016, the guidance provides tools to assist users in the development of a personalized preventive management system to counter food fraud.
Draft guidance on food fraud mitigation
Download Food Chemicals Codex
Proposed rule on protecting food against intentional adulteration
Download FDA FSMA Facts

 

 

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