Food Authenticity Network Covid-19 Resource Base

Recent reports (1, 2) suggest the potential for increased food fraud in global food supply chains due to the impact of Covid-19.  Counterfeiting and fraud have already been see in hand sanitisers and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Thus, it is vital that we continue the good practice embedded in businesses to protect the safety and security of food supply chains.

The Food Authenticity Network COVID-19 Resource Base provides valuable information to help businesses to continue to secure food supply chains by mitigating food fraud the pandemic.

Food Fraud Mitigation

The Food Authenticity Network has collated some of the major global initiatives to mitigate food fraud:


  1. Horizon Scan - Food Integrity Horizon Scanning
  2. Decernis Food Fraud Database
  3. Food Industry Intelligence Network (FIIN)
  4. The Food Protection and Defense Institute’s Economically Motivated Adulteration Databases
  5. The Food Protection and Defense Institute’s World Factbook of Food
  6. SSAFE and PwC food fraud vulnerability assessment tool
  7. Food Integrity Knowledge Base
  8. Food Authenticity Research Network Hub (FARNHub)
  9. IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center - Demystifying Traceability
  10. Muddy Boots
  13. FoodExperts
  14. NFCU food fraud resilience self-assessment tool
  15. Safety HUD
  16. BaTAnS
  17. Food fraud screening model (FFIS)


  1. Premiumlab’s guide to preventing food fraud
  2. USP Food Fraud Mitigation Guidance
  3. CIEH Counter Fraud Good Practice Guide for Food and Drink Businesses
  4. Food Supply Chain Vulnerability: A Ti whitepaper in partnership with RQA Group
  5. Guidance on Authenticity of Herbs and Spices: Industry best practice on assessing and protecting culinary dried herbs and spices
  6. Guide to working in partnership with the UK National Food Crime Unit
  7. PAS 96:2017, Guide to protecting and defending food and drink from deliberate attack
  8. FDF Food Authenticity Guide 2014
  9. GFSI Tackling food fraud through food safety management systems
  10. Nestle Food Fraud Prevention Booklet
  11. FSSC 22000 Guidance on Food Fraud Mitigation
  12. FSA & FSS Free Root Cause Analysis Online Course
  13. SSAFE Food Crime Prevention Lecture Series
  14. IFS Guideline Product Fraud
  15. FAO Food safety toolkit booklet 5 - Food fraud – Intention, detection and management
  16. The US National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the Department of Defense’s Center for Development of Security Excellence Insider Risk Mitigation Programs: Food and Agriculture Sector Implementation Guide
  17. Heads of the National Agencies - European Commission 
  18. safefood guide: Protect your business from food fraud 
  19. IFST Guide to Pinch Point Mapping and Analysis.


  1. Thinking like a food fraudster – overview, Glenn Taylor, May 2016
  2. Thinking like a food fraudster – “Attack”, Glenn Taylor, June 2016
  3. Thinking like a food fraudster – Defence Strategies, Glenn Taylor, July 2016
  4. How do you use intelligence to defend against food fraud?Glenn Taylor, September 2016
  5. Michigan State University Food Fraud Initiative Report – Applying Enterprise Risk Management to Food Fraud Prevention
  6. European Commission's monthly report on food fraud and authenticity
  7. IFST Information Statement: Food Authenticity Testing Part 1: The Role of Analysis
  8. IFST Information Satement: Food Authenticity Testing Part 2: Analytical Techniques
  9. FoodIntegrity Handbook
  10. DNA Techniques to Verify Food Authenticity
  11. White Paper: Leading to Loss - Leaders, culture and fraud

Food Authenticity Centres of Expertise


Direct access to named experts by authenticity area of expertise – contact them if you need advice

Our Network

Other Useful Resources

IFST’s COVID-19 Knowledge Hub.

BRCGS’s Guidance Document – Managing Food Safety During Covid-19.

FAO policy briefs on COVID-19 covering all aspects of food systems.

BSI’s Organizational Resilience standards.

Version 2020 of the Global Food Safety Initiative 
(FGSI) Benchmarking Requirements will have an increased focus on farm to fork traceability.

EFRA Report on effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on our food supply.


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Discussion Forums

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