Is the extent of food fraud worldwide a surprise to anyone? Is product counterfeiting the only kind of fraud that is taking place? Has the reported Europol or similar arrests reduced the problem of fraud to any measurable degree? Do more stringent regulations and expanded crackdowns solve the problem? Do we even know that these efforts are thwarted because many people are benefiting economically from the perpetration of fraud (cartels, businesses, agencies, individuals, etc)?
No Military force, strategist or intelligence agency exposes its plans to the enemies. Criminal elements hide their strategies with determination. So do food fraudsters. Why then are food fraud solution providers publishing their plans and strategies so openly that even the so-called criminals can see them? With the criminal elements remaining determined to dodge detection, not one of the openly published (anticipating, detecting, avoiding or minimizing) strategies can be accomplished with any degree of confidence at any time or at any point. Proposals that ignore these realities are proposals that wastefully engage common intelligence. As resources are wastefully expended in pursuing these failure-prone solutions, the situation is worsened. When fraudsters see the superficiality of mere paperwork efforts aimed at countering their tricks, they simply laugh. In fact, fraudsters may even be willing to financially or otherwise support superficial anti-fraud efforts as these provide sufficient distractions. They take the focus of industry away from doing what actually prevents fraudulent practices.
Wherever behaviour modification is desired, as in the case of food industry fraud, relying on policing as the only means for achieving it guarantees failure. Even education fails where it focuses only on the matters of detecting and punishing violators.
Additional thoughts are provided in these posts:
1. Food Industry Fraud Prevention
3. Subduing the Attitude of Surrender in the War against Food Fraud