Food fraud is a global problem highlighted by misrepresentation of fish and other seafood species. Improper labelling can cause issues ranging from risks to human health, to illegal and unsustainable harvest of wild fish stocks. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report calling for science-based traceability systems and improved methods of species identification. The University of Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario has already made great strides in this area, leading to technology spinoff by a Guelph company called TRU-ID.
About The Author
Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.