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Introducing Covid-19

In the first activity of this week, we discussed some of the food scandals and crisis situations that have occurred in our food chain; and explored the mitigation and control …

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. This is a food crisis. The world is facing food and security …

Case Study: The BSE Crisis

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, is another example of a food scandal which has occurred in the agri-food sector. BSE is a fatal neurodegenerative disease …

Food Fraud: The Horse Meat Scandal

The horse meat scandal was a European-wide example of food fraud in which certain foods advertised as containing beef were found to contain undeclared or improperly declared horse meat. In …

How do Food Crises affect Food Fraud?

In this video, Professor Chris Elliott from Queen’s University, Belfast introduces us to food fraud. You will hear about a case of identified food fraud that happened in China in …

Food Scandals and Crisis Situations

Globally, the food sector plays a significant direct role in human well-being through the provision of authentic food ‘fit for human consumption’. Last week, we explored the control measures in …

Food Supply Chains: Risk Based Procedures

In order to ensure the safety of our food system, a risk-based approach is required as part of European Legislation. This risk-based approach is advantageous as it concentrates resources on …

Analytical Methods and Procedures

Consumers, regulators and companies have higher demands for safe and high quality food. This is reflected in new regulations issued across the world; more stringent customer standards and product specifications; …

Official Control Regulations

The official controls regulation 625/2017 addresses official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare and plant …

Food Law in the European Union

Food is governed by a complexity of laws and regulations which set out the government’s requirements to be met by food chain operators to ensure the food is safe and …

Ensuring the Integrity of our Food Chain

Professor Christopher Elliott discusses some of the ways we can ensure food integrity. In particular, he describes some of the opportunities which technology offers the sector. In the previous section, …

Challenges in the food sector

The United Nations (UN), an international organisation that brings together its member states to confront common challenges, developed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda outlined 17 Sustainable Development …

Food Integrity Matrix: The 4 Key Elements

The food integrity matrix is made up of four key elements: food quality, food safety, food fraud and food defence. These must be monitored and controlled to ensure the integrity …

The Role of Government

Senator Ian Marshall, business development manager at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), independent senator in the Seanad Éireann and dairy farmer in Northern Ireland, discusses the role of …