Food fraud tends to go largely unnoticed because fraudulent production methods are designed specifically to go undetected, and usually the adulterants aren’t harmful. The key word is “usually,” because food fraud can lead (and has) to public health crises. Learn more.
Global food and dietary supplement experts to gather Dec. 3–4 for workshop on economically motivated adulterationa and fraud. Organized by USP, American Botanical Council, and Food Protection and Defense Institute, the event will feature new tools and standards for identification and mitigation.
New USP Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance aims to help manufacturers and regulators identify ingredients most vulnerable to fraud in their supply chains and choose effective mitigation tools to combat economically-motivated adulteration.
Most people in developed countries, whether they work in the food industry or not, take for granted that the food they consume is nutritious and free of substances that may be harmful to their health. What they may not realize is that it takes enormous effort from multiple stakeholders to keep their food "safe" on a daily basis. This article reveals the major players involved in maintaining a safe food supply in the United States.
Food integrity means different things to different people. For consumers, their only question might be: "Is this food safe for me to eat?" For manufacturers, their concerns have to do with building and sustaining consumer trust. In the first of a series on food issues, USP Director of Food Ingredients, Markus Lipp, shares his insights about food integrity and USP’s role in maintaining it.
In this posting we explore the potentially-adverse health implications of mystery ingredients, and encourage manufacturers and consumers to get serious about ingredient accountability. USP senior scientific liaison Dr. Carla Mejia reveals that sometimes not even the manufacturer knows what’s in the products they sell.