EAS Consulting Group is  hosting a complimentary webinar on April 20 at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be on Food Fraud Mitigations and Testing and will be presented by EAS Senior Directors Tim Lombardo and Maged Sharaf.

Food Fraud is a global challenge, costing billions to the food industry and consumers as well as causing harmful effects to consumers, according to EAS. To address this rising concern, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) released new standards, including new benchmarking requirements stating that food adulteration and food fraud mitigation are integral parts of food safety management systems.

All GFSI benchmarked audits now either have, or will have, requirements for the integration of food fraud vulnerability assessments and mitigation plans. Additionally, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the U.S. and pending European regulations continue to reinforce the need for the food industry to deter food fraud.

This webinar aims to teach how to protect businesses from economic and intentional adulteration by recognizing warning signs and securing the right testing. It will cover why and how food fraud has become such a global problem, as well as mitigation strategies to avoid falling victim including specific tests and tools that enable the identification of nefarious products.


  • Tim Lombardo, Food Consulting Services

Tim Lombardo is a widely regarded expert in food safety and microbiology with over 25 years of direct experience leading these programs at a variety of manufacturing facilities. Tim’s direct experience includes dairy, infant formula, baked goods, nuts and nut products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, spices, color, flavors and more. He is a lead instructor through the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in Preventive Controls for both Human and Animal Foods. He is also certified in Thermal/Aseptic Processing and Sterilization through the Better Process Control School and is a lead instructor for the HACCP Controls Alliance.

  • Maged Sharaf, Ph.D., Labeling, Cannabis and Claims Services

Maged Sharaf is the Senior Director for Labeling, Cannabis and Claims Consulting Services. He facilitates food, dietary supplement and cosmetic label compliance reviews, develops marketing materials for FDA and FTC compliance, including claims substantiation, and conducts 21 CFR 111 audits, dietary ingredient and product reviews, specifications development and oversees client projects related to product detentions, NDI submissions and cannabis. He is an expert in botanical sciences and regulations.

To join EAS for a deep dive into food fraud, register here.

About EAS: EAS Consulting Group  has merged with Food Safety Net Services, (FSNS), to become a global leader in testing and regulatory solutions for FDA and USDA regulated industries.

EAS’ network of more than 200 independent advisors and consultants enables them to provide comprehensive consulting, training and auditing services, ensuring proactive regulatory and quality compliance for food, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, tobacco, hemp and CBD.

Editor’s note: Food Safety News is a co-sponsor of this event. We actively promote or participate in such wide-ranging industry gatherings such as the Food Safety Summit, the IAFP Annual Meeting, The American Food Sure Summit and the Asia-Pacific Food Safety International Conference.

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