Your participation in this brief, anonymous survey will contribute valuable insight to compliance discussions in our future research. The survey is a gap analysis that helps define the level of implementation and confidence in the Food Fraud Prevention Strategy compliance requirements. Addressing food fraud is a requirement for the GFSI-endorsed food safety standards such as FSSC, IFS, SQF, and BRC, as well as for food laws such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Food Drug & Cosmetics Act (FDCA).
- SURVEY OPEN – Food Fraud Annual Update Compliance Confidence:
- The survey responses are completely anonymous and there are no identifiers of any kind collected.
SURVEY OPEN – Food Fraud Annual Update Conference Survey on Compliance Confidence
Survey: Food Fraud Implementation Gap Analysis Survey
At first glance, the preliminary results from the pilot survey seem to reveal a very high-level of compliance and confidence. The ten core gap analysis questions expand on the previous seven questions we’ve been presenting in the Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC. The survey results will be updated and analyzed as responses are received – a review on July 5, 2019 revealed:
- Compliance — only 75% average confidence they are compliant: would you be comfortable telling your customer (or your boss) that you’re only 75% confident you meet the Food Safety Management System requirements?
- Incident Review Method– only 58% average confident in their method to identify and assess new food fraud incidents: as the base program is developed there is naturally a deeper review of the basic work processes.
- Executive Approval — only 67% average confidence in the “sign off” or “approval” by an executive or senior officer: so, beyond being a requirement for some standards, the activities have not been presented to or approved by the bosses.
- Conclusion: companies have started and have a lot of activity… BUT there are major concerns about the level of confidence in the programs.
This survey addresses the understanding of “What is food fraud?” or “How to detect fraud?” and the practical steps of “What to do?” and “How much is enough?” The focus is on the evolving compliance requirements and the latest and most effective best practices.
The food fraud compliance requirements are just over 18 months old, as GFSI had their first direct requirement as of January 1, 2018. Over time, there has been a maturity of the programs and countermeasures… and also of the awareness of gaps. As auditors and inspectors become more familiar with the subject, the level of scrutiny will increase – it is expected that the future, more comprehensive audits will lead to more non-conformances. It is an opportune time to conduct a process check or gap analysis. Review your level of confidence in your program.