ANNOUNCEMENT – Join Us for the 3rd Food Fraud Prevention Certification Workshop at the Food Safety Summit

Have you been waiting for a convenient opportunity to learn more about food fraud prevention? Consider our 3rd Food Fraud Prevention Certificate Workshop at the Food Safety Summit (May 6, 2024, in Rosemont/ Chicago). This in-person workshop includes compliance requirements and an introduction to vulnerability assessment.

Attending In-Person Food Industry Events

Back during the 2022 Food Safety Summit, it still felt odd to be at big in-person events… and a little inconvenient to actually travel. But it was also fantastic and invigorating to be back out in public. After the event, several of my colleagues said they were sorry they didn’t come sooner and wished they could have stayed later.

Now, in 2024, there are also the habits of remote work and heavy workloads that might keep us from getting too excited about more travel. But we are in a people-oriented business, and getting together is crucial for us to learn, collaborate, and also to get energized.

The Food Safety Summit

I’ve been on the Food Safety Summit Advisory Board since 2008. On my resume/CV, I have listed FIFTY-EIGHT presentations or sessions that I’ve convened. To say I’m a fan of the Food Safety Summit is an understatement based on the length of my service and my level of engagement.

In 2022, we were invited to create this pre-conference certificate workshop. The sessions have grown each year, as has our food fraud prevention work.

I look forward to attending the Summit each year because this is one of the food industry events that focuses the most on business decisions and management.

Food Fraud Prevention Workshop and Certificate Course

Monday, May 6, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Food fraud prevention is one of the food industry’s most urgent and misunderstood topics. This workshop begins with an overview of the food fraud problem before quickly shifting to “how to catch food fraud” and then “how to prevent food fraud from occurring in the first place.” Building upon that introduction, the afternoon will cover conducting a food fraud vulnerability assessment. This assessment is a compliance requirement for food safety certifications such as BRC, FSSC 22000, IFS, SQF, and others. These standards are based on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark. The workshop ends with a focus on a food fraud prevention strategy and full management system implementation. The certificate is provided by the Food Fraud Prevention Academy.


John W Spink, Ph.D., Director, Food Fraud Prevention Academy & Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Roy Fenoff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina)

Brad Evans, Anti-Counterfeiting Strategy Group & University of Auckland (NZ)

Registration (for the Food Safety Summit and also for our Pre-Conference Workshop):

Takeaway Points

  • Use the Food Safety Summit as an incentive to interact with food safety industry leaders and colleagues.
  • Consider  arriving a day before the start date for the pre-conference workshop programs.
  • Join us in the pre-conference certificate workshop to jumpstart or refresh your Food Fraud Prevention Strategy.


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