There is no legal definition of food fraud but it is widely accepted to involve the intentional adulteration, mislabelling or mis-description of food for financial gain. Food Crime is a form of food fraud and the UK National Food Crime unit has defined it as “serious fraud that impacts the safety or the authenticity of food, drink or animal feed. It can be seriously harmful to consumers, food businesses and the wider food industry”.

As food is now sourced globally, it is important that the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has a good understanding of the global drivers of food fraud (root causes of why food fraud incidents occur) that impact the UK and which of the available tools can help it best protect the UK food supply from these influences.

A Defra funded project is in progress to address these needs. A literature review and expert workshop, held in January 2020, identified food fraud drivers and food fraud mitigation tools.

The aim of this survey is to get your views on the outputs of the literature review and expert workshop so that the most commonly used tools can be selected for evaluation in phase 2 of the Defra project.

The survey will take 10 minutes or less to complete.

To avoid accidentally collecting any personal data, for any questions with free text boxes, including where “other (please specify)” is an option, we kindly request that you do not provide any information that could be used to identify you.

We thank you in advance for your assistance.

The Food Authenticity Network Team