How Much Do You Know About Food Fraud?

May 31, 2019
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Test Your Knowledge of Food Fraud

Food fraud is becoming an increasing concern in the hospitality industry, for both food handlers and consumers alike. It was in 2013 when reports of horsemeat found in ‘beef’ burgers made headline news, which left many in a state of shock and disbelief and increased public knowledge of food fraud. For those who work in the hospitality industry, it is essential to be aware of food fraud and know how to prevent fraudulent food from making its way to your customers. Do you feel confident in your knowledge of food fraud? Take our quiz below to find out.


What is the full term for food fraud?

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The formal term for food fraud is economically-motivated adulteration (EMA).

What is counterfeiting?

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Counterfeiting is one type of food fraud in which a product is replicated in order to take advantage of its monetary value.

Where in the food chain does food fraud most commonly occur?

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Food fraud can occur at any stage of the supply chain. However, it is most commonly carried out close to the manufacture of primary ingredients.

What is a key motivation behind food fraud?

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The most common motivation for fraudulent activity with food is economic gain.

What is unapproved enhancement?

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Unapproved enhancement refers to any substance added to a food product to intensify the quality in some way. The added substance is not declared.

What should you do if you suspect food fraud?

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Food fraud poses many risks to the consumer and to a business' reputation. You should report any concerns immediately to the FSA.

What is the most fraudulent dairy product?

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Milk has been repeatedly prone to the addition of protein mimicking compounds and other fats, such as vegetable oil. Preservatives such as formaldehyde have also been identified in milk.

Which type of oil is the most susceptible to food fraud?

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It is thought that the higher the economic environment surrounding a particular ingredient, the more susceptible it is to food fraud. This is why olive oil is known to be regularly frauded.

Which food safety management system can help to identify and control vulnerabilities in the food supply chain?

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VACCP stands for Vulnerability Assessment and Critical Control Points. This is the safety management system that can help identify vulnerabilities in the supply chain and is dedicated to the prevention of food fraud.

What is the name of the process where you lower the quality of food by adding in a different ingredient?

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Adulteration refers to the addition of a foreign substance in order to increase the volume of the food product. The added ingredient(s) often falsifies the food's quality and reduces the cost of the production.

On average, how much does food fraud cost the UK food and drinks industry per year?

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Food fraud costs the UK £11 billion per year.

Which spice is the most susceptible to food fraud?

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Saffron is at a high risk of food fraud. Fraudulent activity concerning saffron has been identified globally, including in France, India and Spain.

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