• Update: Current Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC Closing Date Extended to Aug 6, 2017

    by John Spink • July 27, 2017 • Blog • 0 Comments

    This addresses “What are the GFSI and FSMA audit requirements” and how to comply.
    We have had new demand for the course content so the close date will extend from July 27 to Aug 6, 2017.
    Please feel free to forward the course link to anyone and everyone. The course content is free and interested parties can log in an complete the course until August 6th (actually, if they are very motivated, they could complete it all on that last day).
    Thank you for your support and encouragement.
    MSU Food Fraud Initiative/ MOOC Team
    <<Executive Education – Food Fraud Business Management (Food Fraud Prevention Strategy Workshop) and Food Fraud Initial Screening Tool (FFIS) Workshop
    The Food Fraud Business Management Executive Education has been updated to include a “Food Fraud Prevention Strategy Workshop.” This presents the GFSI and FSMA compliance requirements and guides the attendees through creating the document.
    The Food Fraud Vulnerability Workshop (Food Fraud Initial Screening Tool) has been updated to focus on GFSI compliance. At our July 2017 session 100% (ALL!) of the attendees completed the workshop with a vulnerability assessment that meets the technical requirements of GFSI.
    Let us reiterate that result… 100% of the vulnerability assessment attendees technically met the GFSI requirements with the assignments conducted at the workshop.
    The students who attended both sessions have a framework, foundation, and are well on their way to a fully functioning Food Fraud Prevention Strategy.
    Please feel free to contact us for more information or use these links:
    MSU Food Fraud Initiative and Executive Education Team

    Registration Link directly to course:

    The Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC (free, massive open online course) is open. The live lectures will be on July 6 and July 13. The lectures are recorded for on-demand viewing.

    Question: Are you ready to pass a GFSI or FDA Food Fraud Prevention Audit? Are you sure?

    • Audit Requirements – details vary by regulation or standard:
      1. Conduct a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (FFVA) for ALL types of fraud and ALL products
      2. Provide documented proof of the FFVA
      3. Implement a Food Fraud Prevention Strategy (FFPS) for the vulnerabilities, risks or hazards identified
      4. Provide documented proof of the FFVA
      5. Confirm you cover ALL types of fraud, including adulterant-substances, counterfeits, stolen goods, diversion/ gray market, mislabeling, etc.
      6. Confirm you cover ALL products, including raw materials to finished goods

    If you have questions about audit requirements, then you will benefit from the Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC. FFI

    Registration link:


    • by John Spink • April 27, 2017 • Blog

    For GFSI, FSMA, Sarbanes-Oxley or other requirements, addressing Food Fraud is not optional.  Even if you have a low ‘fraud opportunity’ you must have a written document to support your claim. To not formally address Food Fraud could lead to a recall and could be a federal crime for your company… or YOU.

    The MSU Food Fraud Initiative (FFI) offers courses ranging from the two 2-hour free MOOCs (massive open online courses) to the Graduate Certificate in Food Fraud Prevention. Choose from a broad selection of Food Fraud education and training opportunities:

    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. FFI

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