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Food fraud takes many forms and has received substantial media coverage over the last several years, increasing consumer awareness of the problem. Despite the proliferation of traceability systems, pinpointing the source of the problem has not been easy because of the increasing complexity of supply chains in an era of globalization. Verification testing is a crucial component of traceability and in this respect, DNA-based methods for bioproduct authentication are emerging as disruptive technologies for economies based on fraud. Due to the rapid development of biotechnology, many analytical approaches are available to address a given question but not all methods are equal, particularly in terms of complexity and cost. Adapting them appropriately remains a challenge of increasing urgency for industry programs and regulatory frameworks designed to combat food fraud.

As an attendee, you will learn more about:

  • Ingredient substitution and the role of verification testing in support of food traceability systems
  • Strengths and weaknesses associated with various DNA-based methods for authenticity testing
  • Evolving regulatory frameworks

Dr. Robert (Bob) Hanner is an associate professor at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Guelph. He earned a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Oregon and then worked at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the Coriell Institute for Medical Research before coming to Guelph in 2005. He has served as president of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. Together with his collaborators and students, he has authored over 70 scientific publications and exposed widespread seafood fraud using molecular techniques. He is also involved in developing standards and certification programs for the use of these tools in food forensics and related sciences.

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