Consumers have the right to make informed decisions about the food they purchase. Agricultural products of high commercial value have been traditionally the target of fraudulent malpractices. Prevention of fraud and promotion of authentic products is important to assure the commercial success of European high-value agri-food products on international markets and to ensure that consumer rights are protected.
To support health and consumer protection, the JRC conducts research, among others, on food authenticity and quality. In this context, the JRC has launched a monthly summary of articles on food fraud and adulteration, with the objective of informing stakeholders of potential fraud cases in the global feed/food chain, giving them the opportunity for taking actions to counter fraud.
The summary presents articles from media globally, retrieved from the Medical Information System (MedISys), the JRC-developed internet monitoring and analysis system, based on the Europe Media Monitor. The second source is the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), an electronic tool to exchange information about serious risks detected in relation to food or feed among EU Member States. The types of foods being searched for are those on the list of commodities often subject to fraud as defined by the EU Parliament in its resolution of 14 January 2014 on the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof: olive oil, fish, organic products, grains, honey, coffee, tea, spices, wine, certain fruit juices, milk and meat.