Food Fraud is a global issue, recent high profile incidences of food fraud demonstrate potential public health risks for consumers and reputational and financial risks for the food industry. It is against this background that Food Industry Asia (FIA) decided to commission a report on Food Fraud.      

Join us for the launch of the report “Food Fraud – Understanding the Impact of Food Fraud in Asia” at the lunch series on 22 May as we discuss the impacts of food fraud for the food industry and consumer confidence in government food control programmes and why combating food fraud requires a collaborate approach across all players in the supply chain, including industry, regulators and consumers. We will also look at the incidence and implications of food fraud for food businesses in Asia and steps that can be taken by food businesses to identify, manage, and mitigate fraudulent practices in food trade systems.

A panel discussion will follow a presentation on the contents of the Food Fraud study by lead author, Professor Alan Reilly, Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin.

Please see below for the programme.




 Networking Lunch Reception


 Welcome & Introductions


 Impacts of Food Fraud for the Food Industry and Consumer   Confidence in Government Food Control Programmes 
 Professor Alan Reilly, University College Dublin 


 Panel Discussion: A Collaborative Approach to Identify, Manage and   Mitigate Fraudulent Practices in Food Trade Systems
 Professor Alan Reilly, University College Dublin
 Patrik Jonasson, GS1
 Liam Gimon, Interpol
 Prof Jøergen Schlundt, NTU Food Technology Centre (Moderator)






Speakers and Panellists: 

Professor Alan Reilly
Adjunct Professor 
Institute of Food and Health
University College Dublin

Professor Alan Reilly worked at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) for sixteen years where he was responsible for setting up and managing this national food regulatory authority. Has was Chief Executive of the Authority from 2009 to 2015. Under his leadership, the FSAI became one of the most successful and effective food safety agencies responsible enforcing regulations and coordinating the national food control programme. Before joining the FSAI in 1999, he worked in the Food Safety Programme of the World Health Organization in Geneva. He has also worked at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK, and as a visiting associate professor at the College of Fisheries, University of the Philippines. He is a former member of the Advisory Forum of the European Food Safety Authority and a former Board Member of the Irish National Accreditation Board. He has worked for over 40 years in a senior capacity the area of food safety and official food control

Patrik Jonasson 
Public Policy Director, Asia Pacific

As the GS1 Global Office representative in Asia-Pacific, Patrik Jonasson is charged with defining and executing strategies for food and consumer safety, logistics and public policy in the region. Patrik speaks and moderates frequently in international meetings and has represented GS1 in for example UN, FAO, WCO, World Bank, ASEAN and APEC.

As the coordinator of GS1’s Asia-Pacific Government engagement activities, Patrik’s work focuses primarily on cross-border trade processes, supply chain integrity, food and consumer safety, logistics and the roles Government policy plays in these domains. Patrik has been driving the use of Global Data Standards in international trade within APEC, and is working closely with private sector and a number of APEC Governments to further the use of global data standards to facilitate safety and efficiency in international trade processes across the Asia-Pacific region.

Patrik was previously the General Manager of European Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and the first Executive Director of EU – ASEAN Business Council representing EU business in the trade and investment dialogue with the Government of Indonesia and ASEAN with the official mandate from the European Union. In these roles Patrik worked actively on market access and trade issues, as well as initiatives supporting increased trade and investment ties between EU and ASEAN.

Patrik has a Master of Science in Business Administration from the School of Business, Law & Economics at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Liam Gimon
Criminal Intelligence Officer

Liam Gimon is currently a Criminal Intelligence Officer with Interpol, in the Illicit Goods and Global Health Programme, stationed at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation, Singapore.  In this position he provides up-to-date specialized knowledge, training and investigative support in specific high profile crime areas to police and investigators across the world.  He is in charge of some of the largest operations in Interpol, including Operation Pangea (to combat illicit online pharmacies) Operation OPSON (to combat illicit and counterfeit foods) and Operation Chain (Intellectual Property Rights violations in the Asia/Mid-East region). 

Liam is seconded from the US Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Affairs, where he worked in the Honolulu, Hawaii Domicile, and before that in the Los Angeles, CA Field Office.  At the FDA Liam was in charge of investigating counterfeit and/or adulterated food, drug, and cosmetic items.  Liam has also served on several investigative tasks forces, both in Hawaii and in Los Angeles.

Prior to working at the FDA, Liam was a Special Agent with the US Secret Service, where he spent ten years, including time stationed in the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany.  Liam finished his Secret Service career working on Vice President Cheney’s protective detail.

Prof Jøergen Schlundt
Adjunct Professor
Nanyang Technological University Food Technology Centre


From 2015 Jørgen Schlundt is Professor in Food Science and Technology at the  Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, one of the fastest rising young Universities in the world.

Internationally, Jørgen Schlundt has participated in the development of food safety Risk Analysis principles and the initiation of studies to estimate the global burden of foodborne diseases, related to both chemical, microbiological and nutritional issues.

Jørgen Schlundt continues an active, international involvement in his work at NTU focusing on major new initiatives based on the generic principle that sound scientific decision support provides the best background for innovative improvements and sensible solutions. GMI is seen as a potential cornerstone for future decision support at global, national and local level.