About the Conference

Aim

To review current knowledge, mobilize resources and create momentum for collective action.

Objective

To successfully complete a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment for Trinidad and Tobago

Venue

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Trinidad

Trinidad & Tobago will be hosting the Food Fraud Conference 2018 on Wednesday, 4th July at Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event includes Trinidad & Tobago leaders with an internationally recognized group of thought leaders to focus on prevention and mitigation. Food Fraud – including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration defined term Economically Motivated Adulteration, EMA – is illegal deception for economic gain using food. While the vast majority of incidents do NOT have public health threat, in addition to  potentially industry killing incident, food fraud does pose an ever increasing health hazard. Food fraud has become one of the food industry’s most urgent issues due to a wide range of issues such as globalization of the supply chain, increasing speed of product distribution, the growth of strong brands, consumer concern about fair trade and sustainability, combined with almost instantaneous social media alerts of incidents. Since this problem has an increased awareness there has been more global collaboration on basic research and the root-cause.

The focus will not be just on “what is food fraud” or “how to detect” but on the country- or company-wide vulnerability assessment that supports the development of a rational, practical, and efficient prevention strategy. Important focus areas include:

  • Food Fraud as a Challenge Threatening Food Supply Chains and Consumer Confidence Globally
  • Role of Government and Regulatory Bodies in the Fight against Food Fraud
  • Integration of Trinidad and Tobago Resources towards creating a united approach in the fight against food fraud

The goal is not to “catch” food fraud but to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This conference has been organized to present the overall concepts and a path forward that is both practical and thorough.

The Conference will be an excellent starting point for companies to identify their vulnerabilities and plan mitigation efforts. The timing and relevance is most appropriate as despite being a fairly small twin island Republic, we have been exposed to various forms of food fraud, especially with imported products.

CARIRI’s Food Fraud Conference 2018 invites Food Manufacturers, Food and Beverage Wholesalers & Retailers , Food Processors, Suppliers, Government Organisations and State Agencies and Academia from around the Caribbean for an intellectual day of sharing best practices, lessons learned and detection & prevention methods. Join us in our fight to stop dishonest food from reaching peoples plates.

The conference, is a forum to discuss valuable and relative topics, alternative approaches, reaffirm processes, and provide insight into the industry and how it needs to adapt.

Food fraud is causing the food and beverage industry to lose up to £12bn annually, it’s therefore paramount that the industry connects, collaborates and eradicates fraud across the supply chain.

In terms of background to the Conference, it is undeniable that globalization and complex supply chains are creating huge opportunities and rewards for fraudsters. Today, even the most basic foods can involve thousands of suppliers around the world. While food fraud is not new, the motivation to adulterate or counterfeit food for financial gain is growing.

Given its involvement in the Food and Beverage Industry, it is incumbent upon CARIRI to educate both businesses and consumers in the industry on the issue of Food Fraud. Our goal is to bring together experts in the area of food fraud to present ideas and concepts on a wide range of topics that foster learning, inspiration and most importantly provoke questions and prompt conversations of value.

What is Food Fraud?

Food Fraud is simply defined as intentional deception using food for economic gain- Michigan State University (MSU) Food Fraud Ref Sheet.

#didyouknow Food Fraud causes the global food industry an estimated US$40 billion each year? – Professor, John Spink, Director of Food Fraud Initiative

All it takes is ONE incident to cause irreputable damage to your business, your brand and to consumer confidence globally. This can lead to long term industry wide loss, close off export markets and damage trust in public institutions and regulatory bodies.

Why commit Food Fraud?

Food, for the majority of consumers is about the taste, the experience and the nutritional value of nourishing our bodies. What does it mean for Fraudsters? For fraudsters its all about the ECONOMIC gain. Food is used as a pawn to make easy money to maximize gains and minimize losses. Remember the definition from earlier, “Food Fraud is simply defined as intentional deception using food for economic gain” which means fraudsters will try by any means necessary to commit fraud. The below diagram courtesy of PWC shows various ways fraud is committed today:

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