- Thai Union to introduce robust programs to tackle food fraud in its supply chains
- Combating Food Fraud and Food Defense Strategy will help Thai Union protect customers and the business
- New programs will complement Thai Union’s traceability systems under its sustainability strategy SeaChange®
Caption: Thai Union Group’s new Combating Food Fraud and Food Defense Strategy will help protect the company’s food supply chains from intentional contamination, preventing threats to the business and customers.
26 September 2019, BANGKOK – Thai Union Group PCL has announced a new strategy to protect its food supply chains from intentional contamination through a series of robust programs to combat food fraud.
The Combating Food Fraud and Food Defense Strategy will complement the work Thai Union already does under its global sustainability strategy, SeaChange®, which includes tracing products to identify and record their provenance and progress along the supply chains.
“At Thai Union, we have an unwavering commitment to protect our food supply chains from food fraud and intentional adulteration,” Sirilak Suwanrangsi, Thai Union’s Global Regulatory Leader, said while announcing the policy at the World Seafood Congress in Penang, Malaysia. “This new strategy will strengthen our existing work to prevent any threats to our business and to our customers.”
Thai Union has introduced the Manual of Mitigation Measures to Combat Food Fraud and Intentional Adulteration, which provides guidance to develop mitigation measures against threats specific to each business.
Suwanrangsi said it’s important for companies such as Thai Union to have systems in place that protect reputations, assess any vulnerabilities in supply chains while also having proper mitigation plans.
“The new programs will exist alongside risk-based food safety management systems, together with the traceability systems of SeaChange®, which play an important role in combating food fraud,” said Dr. Darian McBain, Thai Union’s Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. “Collectively, they will reduce risks in Thai Union’s supply chains and help protect our business.“
Food fraud includes the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients or food packaging, along with false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain.
About Thai Union Group
Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for more than 40 years.
Today, Thai Union is regarded as the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 133.3 billion (US$ 4.1 billion) and a global workforce of over 47,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.
The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch and Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, Bellotta and Marvo.
As a company committed to innovation and globally responsible behavior, Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). In 2015, Thai Union introduced its SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Find out more at seachangesustainability.org. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues was recognized in 2018 and 2019 by being ranked number one in the world in the Food Products Industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, achieving a 100th percentile ranking for total sustainability score. Thai Union has now been named to the DJSI for six consecutive years. Thai Union was also named to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the third straight year in 2018.
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