The convergence of ethics and fraud: challenges facing procurement functions in food supply chains

Samir Dani, Liam Fassam

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Abstract

The food sector has witnessed a number of high profile contamination events in the near past. These are generally spread across the world and are caused sometimes by negligence but in many cases have been intentional fraud. The global nature of food supply chains presents major challenges as any contamination in one part of the chain will flow rapidly through the supply chain. The recent horsemeat contamination scandal in Europe has sparked off a wide debate with regards to the food we eat (Earley, 2013). This case brought forth two important challenges of the food industry: the complexity of their supply chain and the issues with visibility. The milk contamination scandal in China (2008) depicted the responsibility and accountability for limiting the contamination (Dani and Deep, 2010). In the UK, post the Horsemeat case, food fraud is one of the most discussed topics in regards to the food supply chain. However it is also important to understand the aspects of ethical behaviour within this discussion both from the aspect of buyers and suppliers. This paper presents a view in this discussion, from the perspective of procurement functions within food supply chains.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2016
EventWorkshop - Cambridge Veterinary School
Duration: 25 Jan 2016 → …

Workshop

WorkshopWorkshop
Period25/01/16 → …

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