level by looking at publicly available
reports by country on imports, production, and transactions of types of food
Financial Health: Reviews of the financial health of a supplier can be done
to determine whether there are any
indicators pointing toward increased
instances of food fraud. Partners in your
purchasing or procurement area can assist in how to manage this type of monitoring.
Whom to Involve?
There is power in leveraging knowl-
edge across functions (professional
staff) in the organization. Bringing the
knowledge together in a collective way
helps you see the bigger picture when
looking at risks and vulnerabilities, and
eas of the supply chain to assist in monitoring. As with any new technology, ensure
the technology you select has been properly vetted and is suitable for testing for the
range of products you are assessing.
Increased Engagement and Presence
Engaging with suppliers who produce foods identified as having a higher vulnerability is another monitoring option. This can be done through increased presence
and partnering, increased auditing, or through the development of unannounced
audits specific to food fraud indicators. Understanding your supply chain is important to understanding where increased risks may lie, and understanding how your
suppliers engage along the supply chain is also important in assessing vulnerability.
After you’ve determined vulnerable touch points in your supply chain, look for
ways to engage and partner with those suppliers to build relationships. Not only
does this increase your interest and presence with the supplier, but it also can provide further assurance of a supplier’s food fraud program and how they may manage
their suppliers for vulnerabilities. Working together will build stronger programs and
benefit both you and your supplier.
Additional Monitoring Actions
“One main requirement for addressing food fraud is to conduct a food fraud
Mass Balance: Mass balance reviews can be done at a micro or macro level. Lo-
calized factory mass balance could be completed to ensure material yields match
records showing inputs and purchases. Mass balance can also be done at a broader
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