28 January 2020. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, have endorsed the creation of a new technical subcommittee for standardization in food authenticity, i.e., the concordance of the characteristics of a food product with what is stated on the label.
This standardisation group on Food authenticity, known as CTN 34/SC 10, and a pioneer in this field in Spain, will establish the Spanish position in future European standards, which will include validated methodologies for verifying the authenticity of food (meats, fish, etc.).
It has been created in parallel with the European standardisation committee CEN/TC 460 Food Authenticity, the main objective of which is to provide support, through the development of standards, to the various European norms and regulations that fight against food fraud, protect the designation of origin and uphold consumer rights.
The Laboratorio Arbitral Agroalimentario (Agri-food Arbitration Laboratory) of the Ministry has taken over the leadership of this working group on UNE standards, consisting of experts from all areas involved: Public Administration control bodies, consumer representatives, leading associations of the Spanish food industry, technological centres and universities specialising in the food industry.
The members will pool their knowledge of the technological developments in the sector and participate in the development of the validated techniques designed to permit an effective control of food authenticity.
The initial work programme includes cooperation with the various European working groups, which will work on the standardisation of the concept of authenticity and the validation of methodologies for food identification.
This working group is part of the UNE Technical Standardisation Committee CTN 34 Food Products, the secretariat of which is managed by FIAB (Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries).
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, through the Directorate-General of the Food Industry, has the objective of producing quality food, fighting fraud and seeking excellence through the updating of food authenticity regulations.