Food Fraud and Prevention Along the Supply Chain

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics, Food & Drink

The average consumer does not purchase groceries and think of possible food adulteration. However, economically motivated food fraud is a very real issue that could be detrimental for consumer loyalty and overall health. There are instances where companies will add items to their products to illegally expand the volume of their shipments. It goes beyond additives, food fraud also includes adding dye to manipulate color and substituting ingredients of poorer quality.
Many processors have established relationships with trusted vendors to provide quality products. Additionally, there are inspections, certifications, and vendor approval programs to provide credibility. There are also specific tests processors can perform such as:

  • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Gas chromatography
  • Wet chemistry
  • Analysis of specific indicators (smell, color, gravity, and composition)

18 Wheels Logistics’ 3PL team is consistently ensuring that all products along the supply chain are properly handled and are of optimal quality. We’re currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia but service all of North America. Our areas of expertise are all things truckingco-packing, transportation, warehousing, and distribution. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.