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FAKE FOOD: What Can We Do About Food Fraud?

Date: Jun 28 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Location: Online

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Food fraud is a growing concern among Canadians. From mislabelled produce and oils, to false health claims, and products containing unlisted ingredients, adulterated foods erode the public’s confidence in the Canadian food supply and can pose significant risks to people’s health, especially those with food intolerances.

How severe is this issue in Canada? And what can we do about it? Are there any health risks associated with food fraud today?

In this webinar, join Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University, as he describes food fraud in Canada, its socioeconomic and health impacts, future research directions, and potential steps towards addressing this important public health problem. Dr. Charlebois is a leading food fraud researcher who’s carried out studies on the public perception of food fraud in Canada. 

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also a Professor in food distribution and policy for the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie.

From 2010 to 2016, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, which he co-founded. While at the University of Guelph, he was also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Business and Economics.

His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety, and he has published four books and many peer-reviewed journal articles in several publications. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed and scientific publications in his career. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star.

He has authored five books on global food systems; his most recent one in early 2017 published by Wiley. He conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington, D.C., and a member of the National Scientific Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in Ottawa. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces, in the United States, Brazil, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, China, Great Britain, Finland, and the Netherlands

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