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Michael Roberts: Food Authenticity (Episode 1)

Bruker is proud to host Professor Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy, discussing food authenticity and consequences of food fraud on the ecosystem.

Michael Roberts: Food Authenticity (Episode 1)

Food fraud has been around for centuries, but the complicated global food transport networks that exist today have amplified the opportunities for fraudulent activity. This may arise in a variety of forms, including intentional mislabelling and the bulking up of products with cheaper substitutes. Customers are then at risk of paying elevated prices for inferior goods, which may be sold in preference to the genuine product. Furthermore, the consumption of adulterated products could have health implications.

Food fraud is thus a highly complicated issue that can take many forms. Defining it, never mind controlling it, is thus a massive endeavour. Success against the fraudsters requires the concerted global regulation of food supply chains. The Resnick Center is collaborating with organisations such as the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization to compile policies and legal recommendations to help the combatting of food fraud. Professor Michael Roberts, from UCLA discusses the importance of food laws and ensuring that adulterated products do not reach the market.

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