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.
Any suggested or applied solution can only be partially effective if it does not adequately address the interplay of integrity, greed, courage and detection intelligence. Partial effectiveness is not enough.
With the SSQA fraud prevention approach, it is understood that the food fraud war cannot be won on paper. However, it is also understood that the war can be won with due consideration given to the dynamics at play. 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