Investigating the Issue of Food Fraud

Food Fraud is a Growing Concern in the Agri-Food Industry

On November 27, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published information on a pan-Canadian industry survey on food fraud, outlining the industry’s perceptions and practices around food fraud. Originally released by Le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ), the study, Perceptions et préoccupations de l’industrie agroalimentaire canadienne face aux défis de la fraude alimentaire (Pan-Canadian survey on perceptions and concerns of the Agri-Food Industry facing the challenges of food fraud) was conducted by l’Université Laval and several agrifood research organizations.

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  • Added code to allow the sales person’s code and/or name to be able to be printed on the BOL.

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More About the Study:
Expired food being repackaged, vegetable oil added to olive oil, a mixture of chalk and food coloring sold as turmeric… food fraud is a growing evil in the agro-food industry and represents more than ever a prevailing key issue within the supply chain, from producer to distributor.

In order to better understand the perceptions and concerns of the agro-food businesses towards fraud, but also to document the current practices of the various actors in preventing and detecting fraud, CIRANO, in collaboration with INAF (Laval University) and CRIBIQ, conducted a survey with 400 businesses representing the agro-food industry in Canada.

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More from the CFIA News Release:
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) welcomes this study as it offers a better understanding of industry’s perceptions when it comes to food fraud. The CFIA supports the initiative taken by industry to strengthen its measures to prevent and detect fraud.

The CFIA takes food fraud seriously and is committed to collaborating with industry to discover better ways to address it. The CFIA works closely with the food industry to promote compliance and provides various tools to help companies verify that their food labels meet all the regulatory requirements, such as the industry labelling tool. Meanwhile, it is industry’s responsibility to make sure they comply with regulatory requirements.

New provisions under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations – such as preventive controls, traceability and licensing – will contribute to food safety and will provide effective tools to help the CFIA address food fraud. The new traceability requirements require food businesses to keep records to allow a food to be followed from one point in the supply chain to another.

While the traceability requirements are driven by food safety, they could facilitate traceback during an investigation on food fraud. Being able to track the path of a food in the supply chain can significantly reduce the time it takes businesses to remove unsafe or fraudulent food from the market, better protect Canadians, and increase confidence in Canada’s food safety system.

The CFIA will continue to enforce Canada’s food laws, develop new detection methods, implement surveillance and enforcement strategies, and work with industry and other stakeholders to address the issue of food fraud.”