transparency

Apr 23
Friday, Apr 23, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Authena: the end-to-end technology framework to restore public trust in agrochemicals

Apart from being a profit-generating industry, agriculture is our main element of survival, and for this reason it is often under severe scrutiny by public authorities and the entire society. The world population is growing fast, and the agricultural sector is facing the hard challenge of producing more food to feed an increasing number of […]

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Mar 01
Monday, Mar 01, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

The effects of counterfeiting on poverty across multiple industries

The first Goal that has been set for 2030 by all United Nations Member States in the Agenda for Sustainable Development is to eradicate poverty. In 2015, 10% of the world population was living in extreme poverty, with troubles in fulfilling vital needs like health, education, and access to clean water and sanitation. (1)

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Feb 19
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

The automotive & aircraft spare parts counterfeiting. Often a matter of life or death

Aircrafts are generally designed for a life cycle of many years. For instance, the B-52, went into service in 1955 and its retirement date has been scheduled for 2040. (1) Therefore, to perform a regular maintenance of aerospace and defense products throughout their lifecycle it might be necessary to use parts that are no longer […]

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Feb 11
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

The “dangerous” market of fake cosmetics and how to end it

In 2018, the value of the global cosmetics market was 507.8 billion U.S. dollars. The same market is projected to reach the value of almost 760 billion U.S. dollars by 2025. (1) The growth of the cosmetics field has gone hand-in-hand with an increase in counterfeiting, which some associations have quantified as a rise of […]

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Jan 20
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021 , Alessandro Tacconelli

A revolutionary system to engage end-users and trace cocoa beans until a chocolates’​ box

Chocolate is one the most consumed luxury foods worldwide. In western European countries the per capita consumption reaches almost 10 kg/year.[1] Consumers, more and more concerned about food safety, today want to be informed about all the processes in the food supply chain. And for the cocoa market they make no exception.

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Nov 30
Monday, Nov 30, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

QR codes. A clumsy attempt to match consumer desire for food authenticity

In the last years, the attention towards food specific attributes has been increasing constantly. Consumers pay more and more attention to what they buy every day in terms of quality of ingredients, origin, traceability and sustainability. According to a research commissioned by the EU (1), the majority of European citizens take quality into great consideration […]

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Nov 12
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Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

The king of wine counterfeiting is free and (maybe) back to business

Rudy Kurniawan, the worldwide known wine fraudster, has been released on November 6, after spending 7 years in prison for his millionaire scams. How to protect your brand against counterfeiting?

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Nov 05
Thursday, Nov 05, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Veterinary drugs. Fakes and illicit markets

When talking about troubles with veterinary drugs, the first thing that comes to our mind is the extensive use of antibiotics in modern farms. It is true that today antibiotics are the only way to overcome a bacterial disease efficiently. However, their misuse to increase animal growth-rate and productivity can stimulate the development of an […]

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Oct 29
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Herbs and spices. Hard to recognize, easy to counterfeit

The term “spices” comes from the Latin “species” which indicates a special type of valuable goods that differs from ordinary ones. Due to their exotic characteristics and low availability, in mediaeval times the term gradually came to indicate the vegetable substances of oriental origin mainly used for cooking purposes. Apart from the religious valence and […]

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Oct 16
Friday, Oct 16, 2020 , Alessandro Tacconelli

Illegal agrochemical products. Numbers, risks and solutions

It is not just about the vegetable soup you might eat once a month, it is also about the wooden table on which you eat the soup, or even the cotton shirt you are wearing every day. Now think about all the staple crops in different areas of the world and the ones that are […]

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