How to stay on top of food fraud

23 October 2017 


How to stay on top of food fraud

Sam Cleal, Digital Content Executive

We spoke with Rob Phillips, Welsh food fraud coordinator and trainer on our Combatting Fraud in the Food Chain course.


Food fraud is a diverse and highly complex issue, and, when a scandal breaks, it can make all the headlines. From fake nutrition claims to bogus ingredients, food fraud touches all elements of the food industry and affects all manner of commercial businesses and public sector organisation. 

The industry is thriving right now in the wake of several high-profile food fraud cases in the last decade. With Brexit on the horizon, the food chain in Great Britain looks set to change dramatically. Now more than ever, food fraud experts need to be on their toes. 

 'There are several big challenges to the food fraud sector at present', says Rob Phillips, 'and my environmental health colleagues are well aware of these. In order develop and implement the best possible anti-fraud measures, we must establish effective partnership working'. 

 'Stakeholders from environmental health, trading standards and so forth need to band together to develop appropriate working arrangements that encourage participation from law enforcement to prosecute food fraud and food crime. There needs to be a joined-up approach that connects people and prevents gaps in the chain: this entails EHOs honing their skills such managing sources of intelligence and access to financial information'. 

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Enter our dynamic 2 day course!


 'My course aims to give an overview and an understanding of food fraud. Delegates will learn to think outside of the box and master new and innovative techniques in order to tackle specific issues they’ll face in their individual job roles. Through interactive exercises and group discussion, we’ll bridge the gap between the theory and the practical application of food fraud, and share advice on how to carry out alternative enforcement measures and handle pressure on the job'. 

Rob is an experienced practitioner of food fraud and food crime investigation, and enjoys learning from his course participants as much as he enjoys teaching them. 'No one is an expert', he comments, 'and we can all learn something from networking and trading expertise'. 

So, if you’re an environmental health professional, you work in trading standards or you have an interest in food fraud, this course is for you. Learn more here.  


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