ANNOUNCEMENT – May 24, 2019 – New training module videos are available for the SSAFE Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment Tool (FFVAT). The videos were co-developed by Quincy Lissaur, Executive Director of the SSAFE Organization (SSAFE) and Dr. John Spink, Director & Assistant Professor of the Food Fraud Initiative at Michigan State University (MSU-FFI). The training modules were announced at our Food Protection session at the Food Safety Summit by SSAFE Organization Board Member Cindy Jiang, Senior Director of Global Food and Packaging Safety, Global Supply Chain and Sustainability department.
Our MSU team has had a long relationship with SSAFE, the member companies, and Executive Director Lissaur. SSAFE has had a long relationship with other MSU colleagues, including Professor Leslie D. Bourquin, Assistant Professor Deepa Gowri Thiagarajan, and others. The MSU College of Veterinary Medicines was previous an SSAFE member. This current collaboration is a result of our mutual vision of global food security.
The new Food Fraud training modules are provided in two parts, including:
Video 1: Assessing Food Fraud Vulnerabilities – A tutorial on how to use the SSAFE Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment tool (FFVAT), Presented by Quincy Lissaur of SSAFE and John Spink of the Food Fraud Initiative at Michigan State University, URL for Video1: https://youtu.be/NLsDmo7Talo
Video 2: Live Demonstration of the SSAFE Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment Tool (FFVAT) – Presented by Quincy Lissaur of SSAFE and John Spink of the Food Fraud Initiative at Michigan State University, URL for Video2: https://youtu.be/2lvxoYHBblM
The SSAFE materials stated, “The tool has been a great success with 29,502 downloads of the tool to date. In addition, there are more than 7,500 completed online assessments from over 70 countries.” URL: http://www.ssafe-food.org/our-projects/?proj=2366
The online version of the FFVAT is provided in SSAFE partnership with the global consultancy PWC. URL: https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/food-supply-integrity-services/food-fraud-vulnerability-assessment.html
This collaboration of industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia is another example of using our unique talents and resources to create harmonization of terms and sharing of best practices. Food fraud prevention is an emerging topic, and the more, clearer training that is available, the more logical best practices will be implemented. Together we are advancing the understanding that “we are not trying to catch bad product but to prevent food fraud from occurring in the first place.” Watch, understand, and share the videos. MSU-FFI.