Adulteration of foodstuff Food Fraud

Food adulteration can pose health risks. In China melamine was used to give the impression that dairy products were high in protein. Due to this contamination, many infants fed with these adulterated products became ill. As a consequence of the melamine crisis of 2008, special regulations on the importation of certain protein-containing products are now in place for goods originating or imported from China. Similarly, reports of the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) from 2012 showed that cases of severe poisoning, in some cases fatal, occurred in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia following the consumption of spirits contaminated with methanol.

Ensuring traceability of food at all marketing levels is therefore an important legislative instrument for the protection of consumers. Processes of traceability are typically based on documentation systems used by companies allowing identification of batches. However, food control also requires procedures enabling the verification of declarations and specifications -authenticity testing – on the basis of chemical analysis of the foods.

To ensure compliance with applicable legal regulations, HRIC uses routine methodologiesand innovative analytical strategies.