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The Economist’s March 15th article, entitled “A La Cartel: Organized gangs have a growing appetite for food crime,” takes a look at the increased number of criminals turning their attention to food fraud activities. Some crooks who even once focused on drugs have switched to food due to the potential of better profits, as the article points out, “Not everyone is a junkie, but everyone buys food and drink.”
Unlike food defense, the intent of food fraud—which includes economically motivated adulteration (EMA)—isn’t to harm; nonetheless, it may damage public health as the related health risks are often more risky than the traditional food safety hazard because the contaminants are unconventional. Food fraud can be committed through various methods, such as dilution, substitution, mislabeling, counterfeiting, etc.
About Marian Zboraj
Marian Zboraj is the Professional Editor of Food Quality & Safety. She has worked on the publication since late 2012, working from the John Wiley & Sons corporate headquarters in Hoboken, N.J. Marian has extensive editorial experience, holding editorial positions in the B2B publishing industry since 2001 and working on a variety of topics such as nutracueticals, eyecare, and industrial manufacturing. She resides in northern New Jersey. Reach her at email@example.com.