While at the DEFRA conference in York, UK in February, we awarded the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) team with our “Share the Puck” Valued Partner award. Leading their team is Professor Christopher Elliott, who has been an important colleague at QUB’s Institute for Global Food Security.
Our MSU Food Fraud Initiative (FFI) recognizes key partners with our “Share the Puck” award. In hockey this term means to work together to score a goal. To efficiently and effectively advance Food Fraud research it has required – and will continue to require – that we all work together. The collaboration has been from across academia and from the four corners of the globe. These hockey pucks are Michigan State University Big Ten College Hockey official game pucks, bearing both the team logo and the FFI Valued Partner award badge.
The Valued Partner award not only recognizes interaction but also accomplishment. In 2014 we wrote QUB into a grant and QUB wrote us into a grant. We have also started publishing journal articles together. I will be at QUB for their ASSET 2014 “Food Integrity & Traceability Conference,” where we are already working on our next project ideas. We share a common vision of taking a holistic and all-encompassing approach to defining Food Fraud and focusing our efforts on prevention.
Our MSU Food Fraud Initiative has a mission to “collaborate broadly and lead where efficient and appropriate.” We strongly believe that through collaboration we will all achieve higher goals and greater achievements. We also feel it is important to step back and take time to thank our colleagues… and also have some fun along the way. As we are all facing many challenges of cutting a new path in a new research field, I personally have already received tremendous rewards from interacting with great colleagues on the journey. I am truly grateful for colleagues like Chris and his team. When we “share the puck” we all have a higher potential to reach our goals. JWS.