• Michigan State University Announces its NEW Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC (free Massive Open Online Course), April 11 & 18, 2017

    by John Spink • March 31, 2017 • Blog • 0 Comments

    Are you fully compliant with current or pending Food Fraud requirements? FSMA? GFSI? BRC? FSSC? Sarbanes-Oxley (financial reporting)? Are you sure? Have you conducted a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (FFVA) for all types of fraud (adulterant-substances to stolen goods) and for all products (ingredients to packaged goods)? How quickly can you print it for an inspector or investigator? Can every manufacturing plant print it in Minutes?


    East Lansing, MI:   Registration is now open for Michigan State University’s NEW Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC (free, Massive Open Online Course), with two, 2-hour live lectures:

    • Live webinars on April 11 & 18, 2017 — 1pm USA Eastern Time/ 6pm Central European Time/ 1am China Standard Time (Beijing)
    • The course content (introduction, readings, and discussion boards) will open on Monday, April 10, 2017 and close May 2, 2017
    • This course content is free and there is a $100 fee for a Certificate of Completion (registration for this will be available within the full course)
    • The course includes readings, introductions, discussion boards, assessments, and live lectures.
    • Two, 2-hour live lectures will be included
    • The lectures will be recorded and available for later viewing
    • The course content and assessment will be open one week before the first lecture and close two weeks after the last lecture

    There are new Food Fraud audit requirements that are currently undefined or at least not harmonized. This MSU Food Fraud Audit Guide provides education and insight on the current compliance requirements.


    • Students will gain an academic-based foundation of Food Fraud
    • Students will be able to discern between regulatory and industry Food Fraud audit requirements
    • Students will understand how a FFVA is integral to a Food Fraud Prevention Strategy (FFPS)
    • Students will review a range of activities from internal audits to preparing for certifications

    Register now:


    Other MSU Programs and Courses:


    • Food Fraud Business Executive Education Short Course
    • Food Fraud Initial Screening (FFIS) Vulnerability Workshop


    In January 2013 Michigan State University created the Food Fraud Initiative to focus on this growing public health threat.  The teaching, research, and outreach build upon MSU’s strong history of serving the food industry and business in general.

    Please join us in creating a public forum and expanding awareness of the Food Fraud vulnerability. By participating in the MOOC you demonstrate that this concept is vital to your organization. By forwarding this information to your colleagues around the world you help build harmonization of terms and the prevention focus. By engaging us as a research partner you will help advance the discipline of Food Fraud.

    Note: Please feel free to forward as you see fit, such as to distribution lists or list serves. Also, feel free to post this program and the dates on internal or industry events calendars.

    Contact: Dr. John Spink, Director & Assistant Professor, Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University, spinkj@msu.edu, www.FoodFraud.msu.edu, Phone: (517) 381-4491



    The Food Fraud Initiative

    Our mission is to leverage Michigan State University’s broad leadership position to protect the global and domestic food supply from Food Fraud vulnerability. We are a collaboration point for a wide range of stakeholders including industry, domestic and international agencies, associations, and other academics. Aligned with the Land Grant mission of MSU, we apply research, education, and outreach from theory to practical application with those stakeholders. The research forms the base for the development of new educational programs, and is also applied to evolving outreach engagements. Feedback from those outreach engagements provides insight and direction for our research.   One of those outreach engagements is the Food Fraud MOOC.

    The MOOC is part of a continuum of courses and its content is aligned with other educational offerings, including our graduate course in Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and the Graduate Certificate in Food Fraud Prevention.

    What is a MOOC?

    A MOOC is a massive open online course, a hot new development in open learning.  MOOCs invite large-scale participation and are free to anyone in the world via the web. The aim of universities offering these courses is to expand their reach beyond just the classroom to potentially millions of new students.

    The MOOC is provided by MSU free to all interested parties across the supply chain and across the globe. The MOOC content is updated for each new session. The Overview MOOC is a two-session, 2-hour webinar accompanied by assessment quizzes. The MOOC consists of readings and interaction starting a week in advance of the first, 2-hour live lecture, which will take place at the end of the first week.  The lecture will be recorded so participants can also watch it later.  The second live online lecture will at the end of the second week.

    “The industry support for the Food Fraud MOOC has been phenomenal,” stated Dr. Spink. “Many of the world’s food safety and food protection thought leaders are involved in our research.  We incorporate their insights into our research findings to provide a thorough and practical approach to Food Fraud Prevention.”

    As more people become aware of the concept and the vulnerabilities of Food Fraud, they will also become more effective at not only intervention and response but also at prevention – the more participants in the MOOC, the safer our global food supply chain can be. The MOOC doesn’t just define the problem, it also focuses on prevention. This MOOC is positioned as a bridge between general webinars and more intensive programs such as the graduate course, graduate certificate, or even a Food Fraud focus in a Master’s degree.

    Dr. Spink stated that “The MOOC platform has been an incredible and effective way for us to educate a wide range of participants. The open source concept is a focus for academia and our MOOC is a successful example of translating academic theory into practice.  Through the Food Fraud MOOC we’re able help globally harmonize the terminology and the focus on prevention.”


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