Author name: 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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NEW EVENT REMINDER: Live, Scheduled, Online MoocLive “Webinar D” – Enterprise Risk Management (ERM/COSO) MOOC with the Food Fraud Implementation Method (FFIM)

Our Food Fraud Enterprise Risk Management (ERM/COSO) MOOC with the Food Fraud Implementation Method (FFIM) will be offered as a live, scheduled, online webinar – MoocLive. The live lectures will include interactive discussions and a Food Fraud Trends Update summary. Attendees will receive a pre-event survey to help

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Reported ‘Counterfeit Titanium’ in Boeing Aircraft: Application to Food Fraud

This ‘Counterfeit Titanium in Boeing Aircraft’ news report is an example of how to conduct an incident review with vague but urgent details. This is an excellent opportunity to (1) review a product fraud concern, (2) document fraud, and (3) apply the Food Fraud Suspicious Activity Report (FFSAR). One

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REVIEW – WTO Webinar Summary from ‘Illicit Trade in Food and Food Fraud’ – 2022 and 2023

Food fraud prevention is getting a strategic focus from many groups, including the World Trade Organization (WTO). This post reviews the 2022 and 2023 WTO Webinar Series on ‘Illicit Trade in Food and Food Fraud.’ I presented at both events, and the video links are attached. World Trade

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FLASHBACK: Publication – Selection of Strategic Authentication and Tracing Programs – Now for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

From time to time, we share here a flashback to a previous post that remains relevant today. This week, we revisit a journal article on “The Selection of Strategic Authentication and Tracing Programs” in the book “Counterfeit Medicines.” The same questions apply to food authentication and also to

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Codex and Food Fraud: Public Comments for the Electronic Working Group, Sixth Draft

Attached is our response to the US Codex Delegation request for public comments to the Codex Alimentarius Electronic Work Group on Food Fraud. The most recent draft discussion paper is very close to being completed and hopefully approved. Our detailed comments are below. Reference: for more, see the

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Conference Presentation Schedule: Food Safety Summit, MSU Law School, IAFP, and More

The research-education-outreach cycle is sparked by practitioners. Each of my research projects started with someone who identified a real-world problem. Let’s meet: my next public events are the Food Safety LATAM Conference (Cancun), Food Safety Summit (Chicago), MSU Law Conference (East Lansing), and the IAFP Annual Meeting (LA).

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Review of The GFSI Food Fraud Prevention Compliance Development & Requirements: Part 3 – The Next Steps and Path Forward

This is the third of three reviews of ‘The GFSI Food Fraud Prevention Compliance Development & Requirements.’ This blog post reviews other prevention initiatives and their application to the food supply chain and GFSI. The foundation is set, we’ve made progress, but there is still a long way

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