The Food Authenticity Network (FAN) has announced support from the Food Industry Intelligence Network (FIIN), an industry-led consortium that enables a collaborative and targeted approach to supply chain assurance.
Both FAN and FIIN were established in 2015 in response to the recommendations of the Elliott Review to bring together global information on food authenticity testing and to create a safe haven for industry members to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate information and intelligence to protect the interests of the consumer.
FIIN Industry Co-Chair Helen Sisson said that on behalf of the FIIN membership, the organization is delighted to commit support for FAN. One of the FIIN founding objectives is to help ensure the integrity of the food supply chains and protect the interest of the consumer, and these objectives will help enhance FAN.
According to Selverani Elahi MBE, UK deputy government chemist and executive director, FAN is happy that FIIN has committed its support, as both organizations share many values and both seek to help secure global food supply chains. She said that FIIN and its 48 food industry members bring a wealth of invaluable global food industry experience to FAN, and that both organizations will be stronger by working together.
Professor Chris Elliott OBE, Queen's University Belfast and the author of the Elliott Review said that he is happy to see how two concepts that were crafted in the Elliott Review have become successes, and that both FIIN and FAN are unique initiatives with nothing similar in the industry.
"The challenges of combating food fraud are set to remain and potentially worsen, and this collaboration strengthens our position to be able to better combat food fraud collectively. I am very excited to see what FIIN and FAN can achieve together," he finished.