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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Sham Invasion (Fraud Expansion in the Food Industry)

Does this show what is already a common occurrence, a sign of things to come, or both?

A food business owner, pretending to be a potential customer, attempted to use the GFSI certification status of one my clients as a cover for buying materials from a non-GFSI certified supplier. The materials are intended for sale to a customer that insists on having materials supplied from GFSI qualified sources only.

Since food safety certification documentation has become the basis for doing business in  an industry that has become entrenched in superficiality, what lies ahead? - No pun intended and it's not a joke: Lies are indeed rampant in all sectors of the industry.

I can see how a company, determined to sell to customers who demand GFSI documentation, intentionally buys small quantities of materials from GFSI-qualified suppliers in order to obtain “the documentation”,  then proceeds to buy the same materials from non-GFSI qualified suppliers at a cheaper price and sells the materials with the obtained GFSI documentation to customers who demand GFSI-documentation.

In this era of unbridled superficiality these fraudulent practices should not come as a surprise. It appears confirmed from the reported situation that addictions do lead to fraudulent practices. If you wish and you have not already done so, you may read the “Assumptions and Facts about Certificates” listed in this August 2013 post -

Before becoming broken by the fraudulent practices, breaking the addiction to superficiality would be a wise move for food businesses.

Please feel free to share your observations or thoughts.
Posted By Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is the current Food Sector Chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection

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