N8 AgriFood to focus on food integrity

Following the horsemeat incident of 2013, and well as other serious incidents of food fraud which have had negative effects on human health and introduced novel risks into the food supply, there has been increased emphasis on the authenticity and provenance of the food we eat. It is clear that industry must now not only ensure that food is safe, but also that it complies with its labelled quality and provenance, and description. Whereas analytical tools are being developed that can help monitor the integrity of food, interdisciplinary research is required to better understand attitudes and behaviours along the food chain that impact on food fraud. Furthermore new approaches are needed that can exploit “big data” linked to the food sector and that may provide insight on behaviours and risk.  An N8 AgriFood workshop held at FERA in Sand Hutton brought together for the first time trans-disciplinary expertise capable of answering a range of research questions on the wider aspects of food integrity and forming coherent body of expertise that can lead research that will reduce food fraud risks in the agri-food chain. The aim is to create a novel model of food fraud identification and prevention, which encompasses understanding of the socio-economic and technical drivers of food fraud, as well as the impacts on consumer choice

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To get involved in future research and projects in food security, please contact
Malou Lindholm, Events & Business Engagement Manager, N8 AgriFood
E: malou.lindholm@n8agrifood.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1904 328937