Food Fraud

    

BACKGROUND

In the wake of the events regarding the horsemeat scandal, the Commission has started to implement actions to fight food fraud, to strengthen the EU control system and restore consumer confidence. The priorities in the plan include the strengthening of official controls along the food chain and more effective tools for cross-border cooperation among the authorities in charge of such controls.

To improve the effectiveness of official controls in relation to food fraud and e-commerce of food, it is essential that staff of competent authorities be equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills, adjusted to the needs of such controls. The training is serving therefore as a way to disseminate best practices, improve knowledge in this area and enabling the exchange of practical experience.

The program will be divided in two courses, having developed two different levels for the second course, standard and advance with the aim to improve knowledge on new effective and efficient control/investigation techniques to:

From 2016 to 2017 the program will offer three different courses of audits:

  • Course A: A total of 5 sessions of 4 days of General investigation and control techniques helping to detect fraud in the food sector.
  • Course B1: A total of 3 sessions of 4 days of E-commerce of food – Standard level.
  • Course B2: A total of 2 sessions of 4 days of E-commerce of food – Advanced level.


TECHNICAL PARTNERS

The following European agencies and institutions, actively involved in food fraud detection in their respective countries, provide technical support to AENOR in the implementation of this project:

TSI http://www.tradingstandards.uk/home.cfm
NAS Carabinieri http://www.carabinieri.it/cittadino/tutela/salute/introduzione
NVWA www.nvwa.nl
OCLAESP http://www.gendarmerie.interieur.gouv.fr/Notre-Institution/Nos-missions/Police-judiciaire/Environnement-et-sante-publique-OCLAESP
CAFIA http://www.szpi.gov.cz/en/
AGES http://www.ages.at/en/healthy-life-for-humans-animals-and-plants/

PROFILE PARTICIPANTS

The selection criteria to participate in Course A are:

  • Officials from inspection bodies: ideally involved in planning and organizing control activities (preferably at central level)
  • Police investigators/ Customs officers/Judicial staff…etc
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Ability to share their experience


The selection criteria to participate in Course B standard are:

  • Officials from inspection bodies: ideally involved in planning and organizing control activities (preferably at central level)
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Be committed to disseminate the knowledge gained (courses, workshops, articles, blogs) in the short medium term once the training ends


The selection criteria to participate in Course B advanced are:

  • Enforcement staff from an already existing or planned internet search or control unit
  • Same requirements as for Course B1,
  • Be committed to disseminate the knowledge gained (courses, workshops, articles, blogs) in the short medium term once the training ends