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Food Fraud Costs the Global Food Industry $10-15 Billion Annually

Posted by Chris Cattini

04-Apr-2016 10:00:00

In 2008, melamine was added to milk and infant formula to increase its protein content. This led to the hospitalisation of around 54,000 infants, 6 deaths from kidney stones and, ultimately, a number of criminal prosecutions, resulting in 2 executions.

In 2013, horsemeat was found in burgers and ready meals sold in UK supermarkets. Although not physically harmed, consumers – who thought they were eating beef – were less than happy. The incident highlighted the vulnerability of the food supply chain and Tesco, one of the supermarkets selling the adulterated meat, underwent – €300 million drop in market value.

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Topics: milk and milk substitutes, food safety, labelling, organic, honey, meat, dairy, regulations and guidance, contaminants, traceability, food fraud, food economics, analytical techniques

Interview with Dr Gunnar Sigge, Head of Department – Food Science, Stellenbosch University

Posted by Dave Howard

03-Oct-2012 09:00:00

In the first of our new interview series with prominent members of the global food science community, IFIS was privileged to speak to Dr Gunnar Sigge, Head of Department – Food Science, Stellenbosch University, and the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) President 2010-2013.

Gunnar completed his BSc, MSc and PhD in Food Science at Stellenbosch University. He is currently Head of Department of Food Science at Stellenbosch University. He is an active researcher in the field of food processing wastewater management and sustainable water use in the food industry. This also includes the safety of irrigation water used for food crops that are consumed raw.

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Topics: food safety, food security, traceability, interviews

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