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Food fraud threatens every aspect of the Australian food industry

Australia’s food system has grown and evolved over hundreds of years. It is a system that’s served Australians well and underpinned much of our economic prosperity.

But it’s a system at risk. And nowhere is the threat larger or more real than in the domain of food fraud. Unfortunately, for many, it seems to be a lower-order issue.

Compare our attitude to currency fraud. We spend considerable time and effort in combating it — our world-leading, high-tech, anti-counterfeit polymer banknotes prove how seriously we take this issue. Yet no one ever died from eating a counterfeit $5 note, so it’s puzzling that as a country we don’t give similar weight to the issue of counterfeit food.

READ FULL ARTICLE AT: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/australian-must-protect-its-reputation-for-clean-healthy-food/news-story/a50e427f22b206debd79785f9cfa0bc4

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