Our Secretary, John Points, has written an article for a special edition of the Institute of Food Science and Technology's Journal of Food Science and Technology focussed on 'food safety and authenticity', in which he emphasises the pervasive impact of food fraud, spanning from brand risks to safety risks, advocating rigorous risk assessment, vigilance, and the use of tools like analytical testing to effectively detect and mitigate fraudulent activities in the food industry.
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based approaches represent an emerging analytical technology that is growing within the food sector, providing the potential to not only screen and test input materials, but also the production process and end products.
This questionnaire is part of a UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) funded project tasked with reviewing the application of NGS technology to food authenticity testing and supporting harmonisation and the development of standards for NGS approaches applicable to the verification of food authenticity. The questionnaire is targeted at individuals involved in the food and associated diagnostics sectors, including technology developers, suppliers and official controls.
Your participation in this questionnaire will directly help inform the direction of the project and contribute to guidance within the sector.
Please do not provide any information that could be used to identify you. Thank you for participating in our questionnaire which should only take around 15 minutes to complete. Your feedback is important.
UK National Measurement Laboratory at LGC
We are delighted that the Food Authenticity Network (FAN) has been shortlisted for supporting business resilience in the FDF Awards 2023!
The winners will be announced at the FDF Awards ceremony in September 2023 at the Roundhouse, London. Further information on the ceremony and registration can be found here.
Wish us luck!