In the last 20 years or so, the market for organic and eco-labeled foods has grown from almost nothing to over $60 billion, according to Nutraceuticals World. That high rate of growth, along with the price premium often associated with sustainable foods, have attracted unethical businesses. As a result, incidents of fraudulently labeled food products has increased in recent years (e.g. a broker passing off conventional corn as organic). Since February 2011, the USDA has reported 12 incidents of fake organic certificates.
Forms of Food Fraud
- Species substitution
- Geographic origins
To combat fraud and safeguard consumer interests, food authentication techniques are becoming increasingly popular. Food authenticity will be a theme at the upcoming Sustainable Foods Summit, taking place in Amsterdam June 7-8, 2012.
Here's a video highlighting the prior edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit, which took place in San Francisco on January 17-18, 2012.
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