From farm to fork: harm prevention & regulatory policy in the meat supply chain

With this project we aim to gain a better insight in the way the meat supply chain is regulated and how corporate actors in meat supply chains experience the various domains of law and regulation that apply to them. Regulatory compliance and non-compliance in different parts of the meat supply chains, from primary production to consumption, will be identified and their consequences assessed, to reflect on the way law and regulation is designed, implemented and enforced to reduce harms. This is done by an empirical study that consists of qualitative methods, including a document analysis and interviews in Belgium and the Netherlands with different actors (or their representatives) who are working in the meat supply chain, who are responsible for its regulation and law enforcement and those affected by regulatory non-compliance.

  • Project dates: 2015 – 2019
  • Principal Investigator: Loes Kersten (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Supervision: Prof. Letizia Paoli (KU Leuven) and Prof. Wim Huisman (VU University, Amsterdam)
  • Funder: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO

milk production at factory Milk authenticity and fraud mitigation

Food fraud is not new for us, various food fraud incidents happened in the past decades, such as melamine in pet food and infant formula in 2008 and horse meat in ground beef in 2013. These cases not only brought large economic losses of companies, but also had an influential impact on human health and public confidence. Dairy products are in the top of most adulterated food products all around the world. Many factors lead to the adulteration of a product, such as complicated composition, long supply chain, large economical profit and lack of effective detection methods.

Milk and milk products, with all these risk factors mentioned above, have become an easy target for fraudsters. Facing the complicated dairy supply chain, an efficient food management system is necessary to prevent the fraud incidents. In order to assure the authenticity of milk and deal with dairy fraud issues, one has to reveal the risk factors in dairy supply chain, get a deep understanding of authentic milk characteristics and have effective analysis techniques to detect the adulterations at the critical points along the supply chain.

The objectives of this project are: (a) to elucidate the typical fraud risk factors in the dairy supply chain in China, (b) to explore the unique physical and chemical characteristics to discern anomalies from normal milk by portable means to mitigate the milk fraud risks.

  • Principal investigator: Yuzheng Yang, Wageningen University
  • Co-investigators: Saskia van Ruth, Wageningen University, Wim Huisman, VU University Amsterdam