John W. Spink, PhD

Dr. John Spink is Director of the Food Fraud Prevention Think Tank, as well as Lead Instructor of the Food Fraud Prevention Academy, which provides free online training. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management (SCM) in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU). His food fraud prevention research focus is on policy and strategy to understand and prevent these supply chain disruptions and to implement procurement best practices. He is widely published in leading academic journals and has helped lead national and global regulatory and standards activity.More recently, his teaching and research have expanded from only food fraud prevention to now include integrated supply chain management and, more broadly, supply chain product fraud and counterfeiting.Dr. Spink is the author of the first textbook on the topic with the 2019 publication “Food Fraud Prevention – Development, Management, and Implementation."

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Deceptive and Non-Deceptive Counterfeit Products – A Key Distinction When Selecting Countermeasures

Some consumers look for counterfeit products, whereas food customers usually look for discounted, genuine products. A food customer is often outraged and terrified to find a product that is NOT genuine. However, a customer seeking a counterfeit product would NOT be discouraged by a missing authenticity feature. Excerpt …

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INCIDENT REVIEW and RESPONSE– Buffalo Milk Diluted by a Tanker with a Double Bottom

A Food Fraud Management System (FFMS) should include processes to review operational, tactical, and strategic responses and planning. This buffalo milk food fraud incident provides an excellent case study for stress testing your food fraud incident review process. Buffalo Milk Dilution Incident I first read about this incident …

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The Danger of Simulations and the Case of Petrus Lambertini vs. Chateau Petrus

A simulation is “Illegitimate product that is designed to look like but not exactly copy the legitimate product.” These should be monitored because they can cause consumer confusion or evolve into intellectual property rights infringement—for example, the case of Petrus Lamberti. At the INTERPOL/ Europol Operation OPSON meeting …

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New EU Limits on Antioxidants in Tuna to Combat Food Fraud (and Confuse Journalists)

The act of selling and labeling canned tuna as fresh tuna is clearly illegal, but after the new EU regulation, it is now also a violation to add three times the necessary antioxidants. The related news reports demonstrate the massive confusion regarding food fraud. This blog post will …

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Criminology Blog Series – Identifying the Problem

When we approach food fraud prevention through a criminology lens, there are often simple and direct countermeasures to apply. Everyone knows what food fraud is, right? But what are the characteristics from a criminology perspective? This Criminology Blog Series provides insights. My PhD dissertation research was on anti-counterfeit …

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NEW PUBLICATION – Food Supply Chain Management: A Year in Review

My new article in Food Safety Magazine expands on my 2022 Food Safety Summit presentation on ‘Food Safety as a Supply Chain Management Problem’ (see the blog post and video lecture). Beyond just a summary of the past years, this drills into lessons learned and best practice recommendations. …

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PRESENTATION – Join us at EFFoST on November 8 for The Evolutions of Food Fraud Vulnerabilities

Please meet us at our presentation during the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) conference this November. My presentation is on Tuesday, November 8 at 16:20 during Subtheme 3: Advances to Enhance Food Safety, Security, Authenticity, and Integrity. The EFFoST conference is a top event for …

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“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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