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Are there geopolitical or economic risks in key producing regions for ingredients that you source?

Vulnerability Assessments

Vulnerability Assessments/TACCP are a big challenge for many food safety teams.

Where your ingredients, or components for your ingredients are sourced may have an impact on adulteration or substitution risks.

Remember that we are looking for potential risks of adulteration or substitution so you need to go beyond the large volume and strategic ingredients that are often the primary consideration. Adulteration or substitution on a small volume non strategic ingredient could still present brand protection risks.

At the worst point in the Greek crisis could there have been risks of adulteration or substitution of greek raw materials either by greek suppliers desperate to stay afloat or by criminals looking to take advantage?

How could the current crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries affect raw materials that are sourced from these regions or are transported through these regions?

So how do you take account of geopolitical risks in your vulnerability assessments?

I would recommend you follow world news and see where wars and civil unrest are taking place. Alternatively the internet presents a useful place to start with a website dedicated to listing all the wars currently taking place in the world.

This makes grim reading, particularly when it appears that there are 66 countries in the world currently at war.

Most of these though should not be relevant to your vulnerability assessments.

Africa(28)

Asia (16)

Europe (9)

Middle East (8)

Americas (5)

Looking at the list on the above site will give you a good place to start.

Then it is simply a case of doing a search on the countries of origin on your raw material specifications and see where there are matches. When searching make sure you also search ingredients within your ingredients and take care that the location of your supplier may not be the location of your suppliers raw material.

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