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    Introducing the Food Fraud Initiative and MOOC

    by John Spink • February 20, 2013 • 4 Comments

    Welcome to the Food Fraud Initiative! We are using this blog as a tool to share with you the frequent updates and developments in the world of Food Fraud. In addition, your comments can add value to the discussion and help set the direction for new topics and research. Our mission is to leverage...

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    GFSI Releases Food Fraud Position Paper — Time to Act!

    by John Spink • July 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Earlier tonight the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Board released their position paper on Food Fraud prevention.  The GFSI Food Fraud Think Tank, created in 2012, was identified as a key contributor in the development of their position.  The Think Tank included our MSU Food Fraud initiative, Danone, Royal Ahold, Eurofins, Walmart, and Inscatech....

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    Michigan State University Announces a Mandarin Language Translation of the Food Fraud MOOC, Plus a 4th Regular Food Fraud MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

    by John Spink • July 8, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Dr. Spink with Frank Yiannas, VP of Food Safety at Walmart, at the 2013 GFSI China Focus Day (Beijing).

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. John Spink, Director & Assistant Professor, Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University, spinkj@msu.edu , www.FoodFraud.msu.edu , Phone: (517) 381-4491 East Lansing, MI:   Registration is now open for two of Michigan State University’s free Food Fraud MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course).  The first is a Mandarin language course to be held...

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    Update: European Parliament Activity – Food Fraud Defined

    by John Spink • June 27, 2014 • 0 Comments


    The European Commission final report on Food Fraud was adopted back in January 2014.  A 58-0 committee vote supported the broad definition of Food Fraud and an emphasis on prevention.  The member states are beginning to implement countermeasures. EU Food Fraud Report (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2013-0434&language=EN ) (The European Union (http://europa.eu/about-eu/index_en.htm) is a partnership of 28 member...

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    Food Fraud Prevention Insights for Technology Innovation – Presentation at UK/FERA and EU/DG-SANCO Meetings

    by John Spink • June 7, 2014 • 0 Comments


    This is a copy of my presentation for June 11 at 11am at the FERA/JIFSAN symposium in York, UK: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MSU-FFI-FERA-JIFSAN-2014.pdf.   Neil Marshall, Global Director of Quality & Food Safety for Coca-Cola and Vice-Chair of GFSI, is scheduled right after me and will present on “Food Fraud and the Industry Response.”  Markus Lipp of the...

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    USP’s Comments to FDA on ‘Intentional Adulteration’ and ‘Economically Motivated Adulteration’

    by John Spink • June 4, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    US Pharmacopeia (USP) recommends the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopt a ‘hybrid’ framework to address combating Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) – a sub-category of Food Fraud – separate from preventative controls (Food Safety) or catastrophic events (Food Defense). USP, and their Food Chemicals Codex, is an important stakeholder in protecting the global...

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