The role of regulatory and law enforcement agencies in the war against food fraud is recognized with the SSQA concept but it places the onus largely on the individual food companies. The use of emerging scientific and technological developments in fraud detection is also recognized. The main SSQA focus, however, is on systematically attacking the root cause of fraud.
Detecting and dealing with fraud perpetrators have their place but the premise of the SSQA approach is this: Fraud would not need to be detected if it was not committed.
While the SSQA fraud prevention approach reflects the understanding that the food fraud war cannot be won on paper, it emphasizes that the war can be won. As reflected in the commitment statement, the SSQA approach clearly rejects any sentiments of surrender. Where SSQA is implemented, there is no yielding to a presumed inevitability of food fraud in the same way that crime is presumed to be inevitable in many societies.
- Charlebois, S., Dr. (2016, March 15). The Food Authenticity Killers. Retrieved March 15, 2016, from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-authenticity-killers-dr-sylvain-charlebois
- Global Consumer Protection SSQA Development and Implementation: A Manual for the Food Industry [PDF]. (2014). Mount Forest: A.F.I.S.S. Website: http://www.afisservices.com/gcse-fhp/SSQAFullManual.html