Tool for estimating vulnerability to food fraud

Published on
January 18, 2016

Wageningen University, RIKILT Wageningen UR and VU Amsterdam have laid the scientific foundations for the development of a tool with which companies can approximate their vulnerability to food fraud. The Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment tool (FFVA) was launched this week.

Reacting proactively to food fraud

Global food scandals continue to demonstrate that companies need to implement stricter measures to minimise the risk of food fraud in the food industry. The financial damage for the global food industry as a result of food fraud is estimated at thirty to forty billion dollars annually. Authorities, consumers and other interested parties require the food industry to react proactively to the possibility of food fraud. However, the current systems that manage food security are not capable of meeting this expectation. Addressing food fraud demands a different set of approaches and skills.

The FFVA tool was developed by SSAFE in collaboration with nine different multinational companies, Wageningen UR and VU Amsterdam. An E-tool and spreadsheet version was specially developed for businesses by SSAFE and PwC. You can access these downloads at the website of PwC.

Risk factors

The FFVA tool consists of fifty questions that determine the vulnerability of a company to food fraud. These questions relate to the determining risks factors that are inherent to a company's vulnerability to food fraud. The questions concern opportunities (suitable target), motivations (motivated offender) and monitoring measures. These questions are not only directed at suppliers, but also at the company itself, buyers, the supply chain network and the broader external environment.