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Food Fraud: The Dangerous Allergens Lurking in the Supply Chain

There can be dire consequences when the ingredients in our food supply chains go misreported. Michael Walker and Hazel Gowland write for The Guardian about the potential allergen danger.

Food Poison

It costs the food industry millions of dollars when allergen recalls occur, but it is a necessary expense. When ingredients for food come from different places in the supply chain, it is up to individual suppliers to ensure there is no cross-contamination between, for example, peanuts and almonds and that they are handled using separate machinery. It is also up to individual suppliers to have integrity and not substitute ingredients for cheaper ones. A 12-year old boy died back in 2012 because almond powder was found to actually contain 50 percent peanuts. Likewise, Euro Foods was fined roughly $30,000 “after being found guilty of food adulteration by substituting peanuts for the more expensive almonds when they supplied the catering trade.” In the UK, the Foods Standards Agency is about to implement new regulations that will require businesses to provide more detailed allergen ingredient information for non-pre-packed and catered food. It is unfortunate that such regulations need to exist at all though, as food suppliers should be more vigilant and honest about their ingredient procurement. You can read Walker and Gowland’s original article here: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/food-fraud-dangerous-allergens-allergies-peanuts-eggs

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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