• SURVEY UPDATE – Food Fraud Annual Update Compliance Confidence – July 15, 2019

    by John Spink • August 15, 2019 • Blog • 0 Comments

    This is an interim update of our survey results from July 15 for the survey that opened on July 8. Overall, there seems to be a need for a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of the methods and compliance for a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (FFVA) and Food Fraud Prevention Strategy (FFPS). There are currently three top insights:

    1. There is overconfidence of covering “the relevant GFSI scope”:
      1. The average compliance confidence was 77% for implementing a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (FFVA) and 68% for their Food Fraud Prevention Strategy (FFPS).
      2. In addition, 37% stated a 100% confidence in their FFVA and 32% stated 100% confidence in their FFPS.
      3. Overall, 53% stated they were 100% confident they covered “all types of fraud” and 52% that they covered “all types of products” – BUT, only 33% included consideration of the GFSI compliance required “smuggling” and only 40% included “gray market/ diversion.”
      4. INSIGHT: There was overconfidence in the current compliance level since only 33% actually covered the entire “relevant GFSI Scope.”
    2. There is a lack of confidence in a method to find and assess vulnerabilities:
      1. Only 55% confidence in “a method or process to find your food fraud incidents or review general market incidents.”
      2. INSIGHT: While there is a 77% confidence in the FFVA, there is only 52% confidence in a method to gather and process the data.
    3. There are few formal FFVA or FFPS endorsements by senior leaders:
      1. Leader “sign off” or “endorsement” was only 52% compliant.
      2. INSIGHT: The FFVA and FFPS are not being presented to senior leaders, which leads to additional concerns such as Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.
    Figure: Food Fraud Annual Update Conference Survey – Interim Results July 15, 2019

    Overall, there is a need for more education and training, which it timely since our Food Fraud Annual Update conference series has a session in October and the MOOC programs are ongoing. For more, see below. JWS.


    Ongoing Food Fraud Compliance Conference Survey – take the survey here:

    URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFAUcompV2


    CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN – Food Fraud Annual Update 2019 Conference

    • October 15-16, 2019 at MSU
    • January 14-15, 2020 at MSU

    Conference flyer: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FFIFlyer-CONF-FFAU-v3-Final.pdf

    Conference registration: https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3794


    MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses (Online): Free, open to everyone, includes optional Certificate of Completion

    Course and registration information: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/mooc/

    • Food Fraud Overview MOOC
    • Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC
    • Food Defense Audit Guide MOOC
    • Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment and Prevention Strategy Development MOOC
    • Each course is offered monthly with on-demand content, plus semiannual live lecture webinar updates

    TAKE THE SURVEY – Food Fraud Annual Update Compliance Confidence

    by John Spink • July 8, 2019 • Blog 

    Your participation in this brief, anonymous survey will contribute valuable insight to compliance discussions in the upcoming Food Fraud Annual Update Conference 2019 (Aug 13-14, registration still open.) The survey is a gap analysis that helps define the level of implementation and confidence in the Food Fraud Prevention Strategy compliance requirements. Addressing food fraud is a requirement for the GFSI-endorsed food safety standards such as FSSC, IFS, SQF, and BRC, as well as for food laws such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Food Drug & Cosmetics Act (FDCA).

    1. SURVEY OPEN – Food Fraud Annual Update Compliance Confidence:
      1. The survey responses are completely anonymous and there are no identifiers of any kind collected.
      1.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFAUcompV2


    SURVEY OPEN – Food Fraud Annual Update Conference Survey on Compliance Confidence

    Survey: Food Fraud Implementation Gap Analysis Survey, Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University

    URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFAUcompV2

    At first glance, the preliminary results from the pilot survey seem to reveal a very high-level of compliance and confidence. The ten core gap analysis questions expand on the previous seven questions we’ve been presenting in the Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC. The survey results will be updated and analyzed as responses are received – a review on July 5, 2019 revealed:

    • Compliance — only 75% average confidence they are compliant: would you be comfortable telling your customer (or your boss) that you’re only 75% confident you meet the Food Safety Management System requirements?
    • Incident Review Method– only 58% average confident in their method to identify and assess new food fraud incidents: as the base program is developed there is naturally a deeper review of the basic work processes.
    • Executive Approval — only 67% average confidence in the “sign off” or “approval” by an executive or senior officer: so, beyond being a requirement for some standards, the activities have not been presented to or approved by the bosses.
    • Conclusion: companies have started and have a lot of activity… BUT there are major concerns about the level of confidence in the programs.

    NEW Food Fraud Annual Update 2019 Conference, August 13-14, 2019

    This new conference expands beyond the basics of “What is food fraud?” or “How to detect fraud?” to the practical steps of “What to do?” and “How much is enough?” The focus is on the evolving compliance requirements and the latest and most effective best practices. The conference is based on the MSU research, publications, and public engagement on the food fraud strategy and policy. The deliverable is a “one-stop” annual update with a gap analysis and a list of action items.

    Link to Course Flyer: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FFIFlyer-CONF-FFAU-Annual-Update-v1-Final.pdf

    Link to Registration URL (enable browser cookies or cut and paste link to browser): https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3794

    The food fraud compliance requirements are just over 18 months old, as GFSI had their first direct requirement as of January 1, 2018. Over time, there has been a maturity of the programs and countermeasures… and also of the awareness of gaps. As auditors and inspectors become more familiar with the subject, the level of scrutiny will increase – it is expected that the future, more comprehensive audits will lead to more non-conformances. It is an opportune time to conduct a process check or gap analysis. Review your level of confidence in your program. If you have concerns, consider attending our Food Fraud Annual Update 2019 Conference. MSU-FFI

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