On 19th February was held the 16th AECOC Workshop of Food Security in Madrid. AECOC is one of the biggest businesses associations that unites the major actors of the value chain, from manufacturers to providers and retailers who work together to offer an added value to the customer.

Around 300 professionals from the food sector attended this event where different topics were discussed. Among them, the use of plastics in the food industry and how to recycle them or the keys to understanding the new model of frontal labelling that enables the consumer with more accurate information about the nutritional parameters of what they are buying.

Despite that, one of the most discussed topics was food fraud. In words of one of the members from the European Commission, ‘more than 594 cases have been investigated since the creation of RASFF in 1979’.

RASFF, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, is an EU key tool to ensure the flow of information between the national food safety authorities and the European Commission in case of urgent notifications.

One of the most alarming food fraud episodes was in 2013 with the adulteration of pork meat with horse meat. We have heard many other cases of risk like cocoa powder mixed up with flour or melamine particles dissolved in milk.

This issue is such a relevant and discussed one, that London held the Food Fraud 2019 trade show to bring food industry professionals the latest regulations in Food Safety matter.

Because food fraud is a trending topic and in IRIS we are committed to ensuring quality from the production chain to the final costumer, we have developed a specific chemometric model for NIR device to quantifying in few seconds the percentage of adulterant in pork meat and cocoa powder with great success.

VISUM NIR is a great partner to help industries to defeat food fraud, a giant, not as slept as much people may have thought.

VISUM Palm, a handheld portable NIR for quality inspection at any point of the value chain