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Fraud detection with NIR on foods and raw materials mei 22,2018 |

Checking for fraud with foods and raw materials is becoming increasingly important. Recent scandals, such as the horsemeat scandal and the fipronil case, highlight the need for checking for fraud. Various quality schemes have incorporated a focus on fraud in their certification requirements or are in the process of doing so. 

Fraud control ever more important

The approach of the various scheme owners is based on risk factors. When one of the criteria shows a high risk, focus on fraud is important.

The risks are shown in the table below:

Criteria:

Evaluation

Fraud risk

 

Evaluation

Fraud risk

Financial value of the raw material

Low

Low

 

High

High

Country of origin

Country is reliable; processes and people can be checked

Low

 

Country is unreliable, and processes are often difficult or impossible to check

High

Chain monitoring

Good monitoring

Low

 

None

High

Table: criteria for fraud control

Additional control commodity risk

Based on this approach, you can develop a plan for additional checks on high-risk raw materials. In several cases, if not most, a fraud check by means of an analysis will offer excellent monitoring. Nutrilab has various methods to check raw materials for possible fraud. For example, the authenticity of meat (products) is checked based on DNA. Checking high-grade powdered or liquid raw materials is simple with NIR (Near Infrared Spectroscopy). Non-powdered raw materials can be reduced before analysis. You can request more information here.