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One in five sausage samples subject to species substitution

One in five sausages sampled contained meat not declared on the label, according to a Canadian study.

FSA and FSS welcome guilty verdict in meat fraud trial

The FSA and FSS have welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of a businessman convicted of adding horsemeat into beef.

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Kent police seize wine in fraud investigation

Tens of thousands of bottles of wine have been seized by Kent Police in the UK.

'The UK is still at risk of another ‘Horsegate’ scandal'

An investigator in the UK horsemeat scandal in 2012 claims while progress has been made in the food industry, security has to remain a priority for authorities and the police...

Reaction as 66 people arrested in trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption

Spanish police and Europol have arrested 66 people who were operating an organized crime unit trading horsemeat in Europe that was unfit for human consumption.

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Shanghai prepares for launch of wide-ranging food safety platform

China’s commercial capital will soon use an “exhaustive food safety management platform” to monitor the activities of its food businesses.

Cow is cheapest milk and most common adulterant - ProGnosis Biotech

Higher priced milk can be fraudulently adulterated with that of a lower price from other species like cow, according to ProGnosis Biotech.

Almost 1 in 5 seafood products mislabelled in Brazil

DNA testing has revealed more than 17% of fish in Brazil was identified as the wrong species.

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Finland has a berry good idea to verify origin

Two Finnish agencies are to sample strawberries as part of work to develop a method to verify their origin.

Europol: False organic certification continues to be major problem for food industry

Counterfeit certification labels, such as fake organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels, continues to be a major problem for the European food industry, according to a report by Europol....

Supply chain performance not profitability at heart of food firms’ voluntary sign-up

Motivations for voluntarily implementing food traceability schemes stem not from the need to maximise profits but enhance information, safety and quality management within the supply chain.

EU and China collaborate to combat food fraud

More than 30 partners are part of a project to tackle food safety and authenticity across Europe and China.

IAEA and FAO go mobile to tackle food fraud

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to look at mobile tools to combat food fraud and contamination.

Elemental Profiling helps trace shrimp back to origin

Farmed shrimp from Thailand, Vietnam and India could be traced back to country of origin with more than 98% confidence through elemental profiling, according to a study.

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ENEA using IR laser technology against food fraud

A laser that can ensure food product quality has been developed in an Italian project.

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Meat and fish top JRC fraud round-up

Meat and fish dominated a monthly report on food fraud and authenticity by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Fera Science unveils gelatine identification method

Fera Science has launched a service to find the species origin of gelatine-based products.

Dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: China consumer view and impact in fish industry

Results from DNA barcoding of fish from across Europe and Chinese attitudes to food fraud were revealed during the Food Integrity conference last month.

Mislabelling dominates Food Fraud Network cases

Mislabelling composition dominated cases in the EU Food Fraud Network (FFN), according to the 2016 annual report.

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Food Integrity: Organised crime and Italian authenticity

Why the food sector attracts organised crime groups, protecting authentic Italian products and an added company to the project were highlights of the Food Integrity conference last week.

A third of seafood dinners mislabeled - study

A third of seafood sampled in a study was mislabeled, according to scientists at the George Washington University.

Dispatches from GFSI 2017 in Houston

USP partnership will help raise barriers against food fraud - Eurofins

Eurofins and the US Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) are to combine expertise to assist the sector in combatting food fraud.

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Pair who sold turkey as halal lamb jailed

Two men who supplied turkey described as halal lamb have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud and jailed for five years.

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Authorities ‘fully alert’ to wanghong food risks

Shanghai’s food watchdog has been clamping down on the sale of wanghong—or food endorsed by high-profile bloggers and celebrities on the internet. 

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Arc-Net and Clear Labs named in food and ag-tech accelerator

Arc-Net and Clear Labs have been named among 14 startups across the food and agriculture industry for an accelerator program.

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