“Food Supply Chains are Susceptible to Fraud and Adulteration ‘More Than Ever’”

This is just one of the most recent headlines or warnings from the food industry. Food Fraud is not only as big of a problem as it was after the melamine and horsemeat incidents, but the years of supply chain disruptions have also morphed and evolved into new …

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EXCERPT – The Types of Business Fraud (and Why Product Fraud is a Challenge)

Addressing food fraud requires commitment. The strategies and responses are hard to put into broad categories. The typical crime-fighting responses usually don’t directly apply. The regular food safety practices are ill-fitting tools. And it is an odd type of business fraud. Trying to manage food fraud – and …

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“Is it Food Fraud or Not?” Illegal Drugs Smuggled in Cans of Soup and Bags of Cookies

Occasionally, incidents make you scratch your head when considering, “Is it food fraud?” Does it matter what you call it? If you’re the food fraud prevention manager, do you need to take action? During one of my regular calls with a colleague, Jason Bashura, a question arose: “Is …

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Criminology Blog Series – Introduction to Crime Prevention (not Crime ‘Catching’)

This criminology blog series was inspired by questions that have come up recently, including: ‘Has COVID led to more food fraud?’ and ‘What is the impact of inflation on food fraud?’ While there is no statistically significant data yet, can you afford not to act to prevent food …

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PRESENTATION – Food Safety Summit: Food Safety as a Supply Chain Management Problem

Purchasing managers don’t wake up in the morning and think about how to make life more difficult for food safety managers (believe it or not!) In this post we will review food safety from a procurement perspective, and I’ve included a link to my video presentation on this …

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Known Knowns? Unknown Unknowns? Know Your Problem Type to Frame Your Response

If you don’t understand the type of question you’re answering, you might use the wrong tool. For example, detecting species swapping is very different than preventing country of origin labeling fraud. Known known? Known unknown? Unknown unknown? The classification makes a difference. My good friend and frequent collaborator …

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