US expert to host a course on food fraud prevention
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 2:22 pm
Press Release: Food Integrity Conference
FOOD INTEGRITY 2017 CONFERENCE ADDS FOOD FRAUD COURSE TO PROGRAMME
For Immediate Release Thursday 30 March 2017
As 12 people accused of making and selling fake branded baby milk powder in China are on trial in Shanghai, a course on food fraud prevention has been organised to assist New Zealand exporters.
The full day Intentional Adulteration course is being run alongside the 2017 Food Integrity Conference, to help food producers develop strategies to guard against acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to consumers and ruin brand reputation.
In this latest incident it is claimed that the accused repackaged inferior milk powder as premium infant formula brands. Such intentional food adulteration, or fraud, has the potential to disrupt food supply and cause illness or even death. This sort of food safety issue could have a detrimental impact on New Zealand food brands and their reputation.
Dr Amy Kircher Director Food Protection and Defense Institute, which is a United States of America Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is an internationally recognised expert on Food Adulteration and will lead the course in Auckland in June.