Food supply chains have been a target for counterfeiters and fraudsters for decades, and with food being one of the most cross-border traded products, there is always a high risk of diversions and tampering. According to estimates by IFIS, food fraud costs the world between 10 and 15 billion dollars annually. Considering how dire the issue of food fraud is, food industry stakeholders have over the years explored the use of various methods and technologies to mitigate the situation, and artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be one of the most effective applications thus far. Artificial Intelligence enables food supply chains to operate more efficiently, ensuring that the supply chain is not only transparent but also tamper-proof.
A recent article report by ‘Reporterre le quotidien de l’écologie’ on food fraud reveals that one in every twelve purported organic food products is not organic. It also adds that one in two spices is not purely a product of the supposed base ingredient. The article is largely centered on an interview they had with journalist Ingrid Kragl who works for the NGO called Foodwatch; the NGO has its mission centred on “safe, healthy and affordable food for all.”