Food Fraud: The Basics

The practice of ‘food fraud’ – when food or drink is sold in a way that deliberately misleads or deceives customers and provides a financial reward to the seller – has been around for as long as humans have traded food.

As global food systems become increasing complex, not only will food fraud persist, but it will continue to evolve to thwart new measures to stop it.

This whitepaper looks at what food fraud is and provides salient examples from high-profile food fraud cases in recent years.


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