Food Fraud

A growing epidemic...
  • Crimes relating to environmental degradation and human rights injustices are in many cases heavily linked to food fraud
  • Up to 10% of food products in retail stores contain some degree of adulteration (National Center of Food Protection and Defense)
  • Over a three year period global reported incidents of food fraud increased by 60% (US Pharmacopeial Convention)
  • Food Fraud costs the food industry between $10 Billion and $50 Billion USD per year. The cost of one adulteration verdict averages between 2% and 5% of annual revenues.  This can translate to a $400 Million impact for a $10 Billion company (Grocery Manufacturers Association)
  • INSCATECH is recognized in the food industry as a pioneer in food fraud detection and protection via its assignment to the Global Food Safety Initiave's (GFSI) Food Fraud Think Tank 

Protection against FOOD FRAUD (economically motivated adulteration) is an integral component of comprehensive food supply chain protection, in tandem with the fields of:

Food Safety:  The prevention of unintentional / accidental adulteration of the food supply: the scientific discipline focused on foodborne illness prevention.

Food Quality: The prevention of lack of conformance to requirements, and / or quality characteristics of food that is acceptable to consumers.

Food Security: The prevention or the disruption to / or lack of safe and nutritious food supply.

Food Defense: The prevention of the intentional adulteration of the food supply.  The adulteration may be economically, politically or behaviorally motivated.



The intentional adulteration of food for economic gain (FOOD FRAUD) is one of the greatest threats to health globally.

It is a growing problem in virtually every corner of the world.


Global Impact: Due to the universal connectivity of our food supply chain system, an incident of intentional contamination would result in a potentially destructive impact on the health, security and economy of the producing country and all trading partners.

There has been an increased focus by both governments and regulators on food fraud. Globally, legislation is being introduced which requires companies to take active food fraud protection measures - to protect their complete supply chain (including imports) from adulteration.


The introduction of food protection legislation by importing countries represents a marketing opportunity for global food producers who take steps to protect their supply chains, but a serious impediment to those food producers who do not implement preventative measures.