NEW STRATEGY TO COMBAT FOOD FRAUD
New Strategy to Combat Food Fraud – Thai Union Group PCL has announced a new strategy to protect its food supply chains from intentional contamination through a series of robust programmes to combat food fraud.
The Combating Food Fraud and Food Defense Strategy will complement the work Thai Union already does under its global sustainability strategy, SeaChange®, which includes tracing products to identify and record their provenance and progress along the supply chains.
“At Thai Union, we have an unwavering commitment to protect our food supply chains from food fraud and intentional adulteration,” Sirilak Suwanrangsi, Thai Union’s Global Regulatory Leader, said while announcing the policy at the World Seafood Congress in Penang, Malaysia. “This new strategy will strengthen our existing work to prevent any threats to our business and to our customers.”
Thai Union has introduced the Manual of Mitigation Measures to Combat Food Fraud and Intentional Adulteration, which provides guidance to develop mitigation measures against threats specific to each business.
Suwanrangsi said it’s important for companies such as Thai Union to have systems in place that protect reputations, assess any vulnerabilities in supply chains while also having proper mitigation plans.
“The new programmes will exist alongside risk-based food safety management systems, together with the traceability systems of SeaChange®, which play an important role in combating food fraud,” said Dr. Darian McBain, Thai Union’s Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. “Collectively, they will reduce risks in Thai Union’s supply chains and help protect our business.“
Food fraud includes the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, along with false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain.