There are now 3 initiatives to define key terms and concepts associated with food authenticity and fraud, or coordinate and develop standards for food authenticity methods.
At its 23rd meeting in May, the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) has agreed to form an electronic working group (EWG) to review other CODEX texts and to create a definition and scope for Food Fraud/ Food Integrity/ Food Authenticity/ related terms. Creating the EWG is a formal activity for CODEX that will start the review of if – then how – Food Fraud will be incorporated into the formal Codex Alimentarius (world food code). If agreed to and it progresses forward, it will be a four to six year process until Food Fraud would be in the formal CODEX texts.
More details can be found at: CCFICS Food Authenticity
CEN has formed a new Workshop - CEN WS/86 entitled - Authenticity in the feed and food chain – General principles and basic requirements. The workshop will aim at developing consensus-based recommendations for definitions of key terms and concepts, and to outline principles and basic requirements related to food authenticity.This workshop is related to one of the objectives in an EU Project AUTHENT-NET. CEN hopes to deliver a CEN Working Agreement in May 2018.
More details can be found at : CEN WA on Food Authenticity
CEN has also formed a new Food Authenticity Coordination Group which held a kick-off meeting in Brussels on 15 June. The aim is to coordinate food authenticity methodology in other CEN Technical Committees. The UK representatives on this new CG include LGC and the Food Standards Agency. More details will be included in our July 2017 Newsletter.