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Record number 507417
Title Risk-based integrity audits in the food chain – A framework for complex systems
Author(s) Kleboth, Jochen; Luning, P.A.; Fogliano, V.
Source Trends in Food Science and Technology 56 (2016). - ISSN 0924-2244 - p. 167 - 174.
Department(s) Food Quality and Design
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract Background - Food chains have changed dramatically due to technical and demographic changes over the last decades. Although efforts are made to ensure high quality and integrity, food-borne outbreaks and food scandals still happen to an undesired extent.
Scope and approach - This commentary paper aims to give insight in the current approach in the European food control and audit system, the underestimation of complexity and the role of trust in food control and auditing. Furthermore, the need for complex systems thinking in risk-based auditing is discussed and a framework to structure complex system risk-based auditing is proposed.
Key findings and conclusions - The current food control system seems to cause a reactive vicious cycle, which leads to more and stricter regulations and standards on every level. A new paradigm in risk-based auditing is needed that acknowledges the behaviour of complex systems to ensure trust along the food chain. The proposed framework for complex system risk-based auditing may enable a systematic analysis of audit triggers, audit goals and context characteristics suggesting multiple methods for risk analysis, as basis for the questions on when, how, what, and whom to audit
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