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Food Authenticity

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

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
  • Counterfeiting
  • Mislabeling
  • Species substitution
  • Geographic origins
  • Concealment
  • Adulteration

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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