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For every policy that is being approved, executed, and monitored, there is a counter tact being formulated. This particular pattern is evident not just in the realm of food safety and quality, but also other spheres as well, such as banking, logistics, etc. This turbulence that has been around for quite a while is corruption, and unfortunately it is understudied and underestimated.
Corruption is the misuse of authority and trust in favor of one’s own interests, and this not only damages commonly accepted standards of integrity, but has other ramifications as well. For instance, it could tarnish a brand’s or industry’s image, cause unwanted food wastage through destruction of products held in inventory or other storage areas, and in some cases, it can result in unemployment when the gates of the organization are permanently closed.
Food fraud is the brainchild of corruption and they both operate in a symbiotic fashion. The recent Brazilian meat scandal is one classic example of this—roughly 20 meat processing units were implicated initially, but the whole meat processing industry froze in a matter of days and all meat export divisions were hard hit.
About Judy Sebastian
Judy Sebastian, Food Quality & Safety's blogger, has a dual specialization in public health and safety and organizational development. Equipped with over 10 years of experience in food safety systems implementation, workplace culture assessments, and talent development strategies, she is passionate about global food culture and how it impacts our daily lives. Judy is a certified trainer and consultant with Dubai-based consultancy Apex Food Consultants and is currently based in Portland, Ore. Reach her at email@example.com.