European standardisation in the field of food and feed contributes to improving levels of food safety and protecting the health of consumers. CEN (European Committee for Standardization) provides validated test methods that are used by the food industry and by the competent public authorities for official control purposes and by food- and feed-producing companies for internal checks.
Food authenticity was identified as a new area of interest and a Technical Committee was established to standardise methods in this area. At its first meeting in 2019, this committee established a series of working groups (WG) within which methods would be standardised:
WG1: Concepts, terms and definitions
WG2: Species analyses using DNA-based methods
WG3: Coffee and coffee products
WG4: NMR analysis
WG5: Stable Isotope Analysis
WG6: Validation concepts of non-targeted methods
It has just been announced that the UK has been voted to lead on Working Group 1 (concepts, terms and definitions):
Dr James Donarski from Fera Science Ltd will be the Convener and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will provide the Secretariat function.
The development of a common language for concepts, terms and definitions associated with food authenticity is important to securing the integrity of food and mitigating food fraud, facilitating international trade.