• Updates: MSU Food Fraud Programs, Sept 21-22/23-24: Food Fraud Basics and Quantifying Food Risk, + 2016 Dates

    by John Spink • July 24, 2015 • Blog • 0 Comments

    ffi blog V2 No46 updatesUPDATE July 24, 2015:

    • September Session: There is still some space in our September 21-24, 2015 sessions of Food Fraud Basics and Quantifying Food Risk
    • Quantifying Food Risk program – ‘Invitation Only’: Email spinkj@msu.edu if you are interested in the program but have not received an invitation
    • New China Food Safety Law Content: Dr. Spink will provide the latest insight on the new Chinese Food Safety laws which include Food Fraud. He will be spending August 2015 in Beijing as a Foreign Subject Matter Expert Fellow for the Chinese National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA). The MSU work was prominently featured earlier this month in the CFSA food safety presentation at the IFT conference in Chicago.
    • Document Falsification: Due to partner demand we have added a Document Falsification section to the Food Fraud Business program. This will cover CofA’s, import documents, test results, audit certifications, and others.
    • 2016 Dates Released:


    To Our Food Fraud Initiative Partners,

    This is an announcement of our next Short Course and Executive Education programs, updated with registration links:

    Food Fraud Basics – Short Course

    Course Dates –   

      • September 21-22, 2015
      • February  1-2, 2016
      • September 19-20, 2016

    Link to flyer

    Link to Registration for 2015 Events – https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3794

    This course is specifically tailored to those who need a thorough understanding of the fundamental Food Fraud concepts.  The insights are applicable from entry level engineers to executives — the content is appropriate for all levels within your organization.  This course is based on the graduate course Anti-Counterfeit Strategy and Product Protection (VM/PKG/ CJ 840).                                

    Quantifying Food Risk – Executive Education – By Invitation Only*

    Course Dates – 

      • September 23-24, 2015
      • February 3-4, 2016
      • September 21-22, 2016

    Link to flyer

    Link to Registration for 2015 Events – https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3794

    This course is applicable to anyone assessing food risks.  The application of the concepts can support decision-making from the most basic level all the way to full enterprise risk management assessments.  This course is based on the graduate course Quantifying Food Risk (VM 825).

    *Note: The attendance is limited to Brand Owners and invited guests.  Please contact the instructor.


    Several comments from students in the Quantifying Food Risk graduate course include:

      • “Even though I’ve been in the Food Safety industry for years and have been involved in industry and agency risk assessments, I learned a lot and was challenged by this course.”
      • “I found the content very timely and helpful especially in helping guide our company through the roll-out of the Food Safety Modernization Act.”
      • “Our corporation implemented the Quantifying Risk Matrix. My homework assignments were actually used directly as work assignments. Talk about an applicable course…”

    These programs will include insight from our most recent presentations, meetings, and projects, including:

      • EU Food Integrity Project: We interacted with team members in February (at FERA, York, UK at their Food Fraud – Analytical Tools conference) and in April (at Queen’s University Belfast conference on Food Integrity). This project has interaction with, and influence on, the Food Fraud laws and regulations in the UK and overall in the EU (DG-SANCO).
      • GFSI Food Fraud Prevention, Vulnerability Assessment/ VACCP: The Food Fraud Think Tank presented at the GFSI conference in February. Clear direction was presented on the Food Fraud concept, the focus on prevention, and the three pillars of HACCP (Hazard/ Food Safety), TACCP (Threat/ Food Defense), and now VACCP (Vulnerability/ Food Fraud).
      • FDA Public Meetings on the Intentional Adulteration Section of FSMA: We reviewed the documentation and public meetings. Economically Motivated Adulteration is shifting from more traditional ‘Food Defense’ to ‘Preventative Controls.’ EMA is still a very important topic and will adapt. The shift is aligned with our ongoing research focus on prevention as well as the global trends of addressing the broader Food Fraud concept.

    Our programs will present these concepts and provide insight on how to implement countermeasures within your organization.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require additional information. Complete program and registration information is available at http://foodfraud.msu.edu/resources/events/

    John Spink

    Director & Assistant Professor

    Food Fraud Initiative

    Michigan State University



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