Food Fraud Counter-Measures: A New Zealand Case Study - Perspectives on Implementing Traceability and Other Strategies in the Supply Chains of Food Producers

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dc.contributor.advisor Gash, D en Andrew, Allan en 2018-06-18T03:14:44Z en 2018 en
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dc.description.abstract Food fraud describes a wide range of economically motivated behaviours that result in counterfeit or intentionally adulterated food products. The prevalence and potential impact of food fraud is a threat of increasing concern to the food industry due to safety and commercial risks. The international response to this threat has led to new regulatory actions from national authorities and innovative strategies from proactive companies. Consequently, an entire market has grown around the implementation of traceability systems and food authentication as measures to counter food fraud. Food fraud scandals in markets across the global supply chain have demonstrated the risk to New Zealand food exports across its largest sectors. However, it is not known how stakeholders in New Zealand’s food export chains view the solutions for mitigating food fraud. This exploratory study investigated the current perspectives of New Zealand food exporters in six sectors: dairy, seafood, meat, fruit, wine and honey. The study objectives were to provide a snapshot of how producers are dealing with food fraud and how they might improve their current systems. Data from secondary sources along with primary data from semi-structured interviews with 10 industry stakeholders provided a case study with a New Zealand focus. The findings revealed a limited depth of food fraud knowledge amongst New Zealand producers. A few, well-informed market leaders were proactive in managing risks to their own businesses, but there remains a high degree of uncertainty about specific food fraud threats. Concerns were largely focused around reputational risks, generated by counterfeit goods that lie outside of exporter’s control and visibility. Drivers for change were mainly external and included expectations from customers and regulatory requirements. Companies invested in traceability systems to remain competitive in the market, as well as providing food fraud protective measures. These included strategic barriers such as packaging or software and scanning for supply chain visibility. The other key systems currently in use, involved forensic profiling of unique foodstuffs such as the use of stable isotope analysis, as authentication measures of food integrity. Significant capabilities that were missing from New Zealand supply chains included co-operation between industry members and compatibility and interoperability between the traceability systems being used. Producers that implement sophisticated traceability systems are restricted in their ability to limit the fraud opportunity or completely mitigate the risk to their supply chains. This opens the supply chain up to cost-efficiency issues and risks associated with increased transparency and dynamics between customers and suppliers. The mitigation of food fraud risk in New Zealand is an important topic which merits further research to explore the findings from this initial study. en
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dc.title Food Fraud Counter-Measures: A New Zealand Case Study - Perspectives on Implementing Traceability and Other Strategies in the Supply Chains of Food Producers en
dc.type Thesis en Bioscience Enterprise en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-06-18 en

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