Food fraud, food adulteration, food crime, food integrity, food authenticity and food counterfeiting are all commonly applied terms to a problem that has existed since the commercialisation of food. Varying definitions of the terms can constitute a significant hurdle in the actions that can be taken to both prevent it and take legal action against people who perpetrate it.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland commissioned the Food Authenticity Network, via LGC, to undertake an examination of published literature to identify the major definitions related to food fraud and global standardisation activities in this area (with a focus on terminology and testing methods). The purpose of this is to update the Food Authenticity Network with this current information and to feed the information gathered into global standardisation initiatives on food authenticity terms and definitions and guidance on food fraud prevention and control via CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) and CODEX Alimentarius committees (international food standards).


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