An international standard helping food companies protect their products against counterfeiting is being drafted by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

The ISO wants formal global guidelines ensuring the many devices and systems used to authenticate genuine products operate at a high standard.

There is currently “no global standard available to help compare the different systems, establish performance criteria or ensure interoperability,” said an ISO note, which added the food sector was a priority, because of the health risks posed by fakes.

The organisation has established a new technical committee (ISO/PC 246) for this work, including national standards organisations in the US, UK, Canada, China, France, Italy and elsewhere.