The purpose of this study was to assist the work currently implemented by the Commission to strengthen the fight against fraudulent practices which recently took place in the food chain. In particular, the aim was to assess whether the approach followed by the Commission is sufficient and effective or if further actions are needed.
More specifically, the study was following three main following objectives, i.e.:
• To provide a better understanding of the adequacy and effectiveness of the existing EU regulatory framework to prevent and combat fraudulent practices along the food chain ;
• To ascertain whether Member States (MS) have legal definitions of such fraudulent practices (or of “food fraud”) in place and whether those definitions vary significantly across Member States ;
• To give an overview of the MS national rules and practices governing the sanctions applicable to malpractices identified as “food fraud”.
Partners: Project commissioned via the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium (FCEC)