“Food Fraud 20 Questions”: Document Fraud – Concerns and Countermeasures

This is our second “Food Fraud 20 Questions” survey, which covers Document Fraud – Concerns and Countermeasures. This is a 5-10 minute online, confidential, anonymous survey. Please participate or forward it to others as you see fit.

Your involvement will help by creating research and reports that help you reduce your “fraud opportunity.”

“Food Fraud ‘20 Questions’ Survey”

We created the “Food Fraud 20 Questions” survey in response to requests for direct and rapid assessment of current activities and research needs.

The format is 20 questions that address a particular research question. It also includes several additional demographic questions that will allow for a meta-analysis across other surveys.

SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FoodDocument

Document Fraud – Concerns and Countermeasures

Over the last year – and specifically starting in a previous Executive Education program – we have been asked more and more often about document fraud. Peanut Corporation of America continued to test their product at labs until they received a “pass” – so that was a legitimate document, yet fraudulent practice. There are other instances where the actual test result, itself, is fraudulently altered.

For food products, we accept a wide range of documents to confirm the identity and source of products we buy and sell. This research project begins with an analysis of:

  • Identifying the documents used in food product transactions
  • The documents that are known or suspected to be fraudulent
  • Best practices or countermeasures

Through this survey, we are formally introducing our newest Food Fraud colleague, Dr. Roy Fenoff. Roy is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at The Citadel (the military college of South Carolina). He has experience as a Board Certified Document Examiner and is a frequent expert witness in courts. Dr. Fenoff is an MSU alumnus who has been collaborating on a wide range of projects from co-authored articles to standards development activity. Roy has presented our food fraud research globally, including in South Korea, Thailand, Iceland, and most recently in Malaysia.

Our “Food Fraud 20 Questions” survey will provide more insight into this emerging and timely area. Please participate and forward as you see fit.


For more information please see our Food Fraud Insight Report on this Food Document Fraud Research.

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