• Does Traceability Really Help Fight Fraudsters?

    by John Spink • May 29, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Traceability – finding where the product has been, where it is going, or where it is right now – is increasing in importance for the food industry for a number of reasons.  Authentication – proving the product genuine or proving it fake – is also increasing in importance, especially when combined with traceability within...

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    Food Fraud Criminal Cases…Keep your Boss Out of Handcuffs!

    by John Spink • May 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Food Fraud incidents being treated as criminal cases? In the MSU Food Fraud Overview MOOC earlier this month I briefly discussed this, and I want to follow up with examples and details here.  It takes quite a bit for a US agency to pursue criminal charges when there are civil law options.  The burden of proof for a...

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    Beware the Black Swans of Food Fraud!

    by John Spink • May 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    No, Black Swans are not the next Food Fraud incident. Black Swan events are extreme events that are not foreseen, but if they occur could have catastrophic results, and in hindsight could have been seen coming (see The Black  Swan by Nicholas Taleb). Black Swan events are the types of threats that led to...

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    Food Fraud Prevention – Not Exciting or Urgent, but Critical

    by John Spink • May 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    No one gets a trophy for implementing a preventative program.  Acts of heroism are defined in crisis moments, not in a strategic, methodical development of a prevention plan.  While that is understood, the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” still holds true here.  Combating Food Fraud is an effort...

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