Here’s a quick review of and link to our new Food Fraud article in Food Safety Magazine. This article was created to provide an overview of US FDA Food Defense activities that are related to Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) and Food Fraud (FF). FDA has a lot of resources and ongoing activities related to this subject, including their funding of the 2013 Innovative Food Defense Program to produce a Food-Related Emergency Exercise Bundle (FREE-B). With the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, we received a grant to develop a Table Top Exercise for FREE-B, which will be made available free on the FDA website.
This FREE-B program is a great example of FDA helping to build awareness of new risks. It also highlights the communication between the State and Federal agencies, as well as with industry and academics.
It was a great experience to write this article because I was able to interact with many of my colleagues from across the EMA/FF spectrum. Review the article and forward the link to others within your organization to introduce them to some of the concepts. Together we are developing a firm foundation to continue to help advance Food Fraud Prevention. JWS.