• Programs & Courses

    The Food Fraud Initiative has its roots back in the Food Safety Program, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and the National Center for Food Safety & Toxicology (NFSTC) at Michigan State University. In 2003, Dr. Ed Mather, Director of the Food Safety Program and Deputy Director of the NFSTC, funded the development of the Packaging for Food Safety course in the Online Professional Master of Science in Food Safety program. This work merged with Food Defense activities during the development of the Food Protection and Defense graduate course in 2005. Subsequent efforts included Dr. Spink’s MSU School of Packaging PhD research in Anti-Counterfeit Strategy starting in 2004, and the creation of the Packaging for Food and Product Protection Initiative (P-FAPP) in 2006.

    Programs and courses have always been a key to this work. A May 2007 NFSTC-led Executive Forum of 18 members of industry, agencies, associations, and other academics was convened to review a research direction, but the attendees first asked for professional and academic curriculum. This insight led to the creation of the Anti-Counterfeit and Product Protection graduate course which was first offered in Summer Semester 2008. Later in 2008, the P-FAPP evolved in parallel to Dr. Spink’s MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources / School of Packaging Dissertation work on anti-counterfeit strategy to become the Anti-Counterfeit and Product Protection Initiative (A-CAPP).

    This curriculum focus has led to including Food Fraud modules in other courses and co-developing interdisciplinary efforts. One inter-department collaboration was the co-developing of two counterfeit medicines graduate courses in the MSU Program in Public Health. MSU now also has graduate certificates in Food Fraud Prevention, Counterfeit Medicines, and Counterfeiting Criminology.

    In parallel and complementing the graduate courses are Executive Education/Professional Short-Courses tailored for executives who have limited time and require more in-depth practical application to their businesses. Nine programs have been offered since 2009 in areas such as Food Fraud, Product Fraud Risk Assessment, and General Anti-Counterfeiting.

    Additional special programs are mini-conferences and multi-client studies. These are further refined offerings for specific industry segments or to address very specific issues.

    In January 2013 Dr. Spink returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine and created the Food Fraud Initiative.

    Executive Education

    Education and Training Flyer: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FFIFlyer-EDUC-Training-and-Educ-Overview-v1a-Final.pdf

    Multi-Client Studies

    • Contact Lead Instructor Dr. Spink for more details, SPINKJ@msu.edu, (517) 381-4491

    Graduate Courses

    The main graduate course dealing with Food Fraud is VM 840. The other courses deal with other aspects of Food Fraud or specific product fraud-related issues.

    • VM 840 Anti-Counterfeit and Product Protection – This course provides and overview to the critical aspects of product fraud prevention including intellectual property infringement. This is a required course for the product fraud related certificates noted below. This course is co-listed in the School of Packaging and the School of Criminal Justice.
    • VM 814 Packaging for Food Safety – Packaging plays a key role in preventing Food Fraud. Some form of packaging is used in all food distribution so countermeasures can leverage components that are already in use. This course is co-listed in the School of Packaging.
    • VM 824 Quantifying Food Risk – One of the four key food risks is Food Fraud. This course provides a method to assess all food risks in one system to generate one overall risk assessment. The other three food risks are Food Quality, Food Safety, and Food Defense.
    • VM 821 Food Protection and Defense – Packaging Module – This course provides some Food Fraud content in the Packaging Module. The overall course provides critical insights for Food Fraud prevention due to the similar role of Food Defense attacks and countermeasures.
    • HM 833 Counterfeit Medicines – This course has a medicines and public health perspective that provides unique insight to Food Fraud prevention.
    • See sample screen shots from online graduate courses here.
    • See instructions to register.
    • See https://foodsafety.msu.edu/  for more details or to contact Food Safety Program advisors.

    Registration instructions for non-MSU students/ Lifelong Education Students 

    This process will allow you to register for one of our courses even though you are not registered in a gradate program at MSU:  http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Lifelong_Welcome-and-New-Student-Checklist_4-2014.pdf

    Graduate Certificate in Food Fraud Prevention

    Graduate Certificate Flyer: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FFIFlyer-EDUC-GCFF-Grad-Cert-in-FF-v1-Final.pdf

    This certificate was developed to provide a holistic, all-encompassing perspective on Food Fraud with a focus on reducing this vulnerability. The four course list includes:

    1. Anti-Counterfeit and Product Protection (VM 840)
    2. Food Protection and Defense (VM 821)
    3. Quantifying Food Risk (VM 825)
    4. And one free elective.

    The credits from this certificate can be applied to selected Master’s degree programs. Check with the Food Safety Program advisors for more details, or see https://foodsafety.msu.edu/

    Other Certificates and Master’s Degree Programs

    • Certificate in International Food Law, MSU College of Law
    • Certificate in Counterfeit Medicines, MSU Program in Public Health
    • Certificate in Counterfeiting Criminology, MSU School of Criminal Justice

    Online Master’s Degree Programs

    • Online Master’s of Science in Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicines
    • Online Master’s in Public Health, Program in Public Health, College of Human Medicines
    • Online Master’s in Packaging, MSU School of Packaging, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Online Master’s in Criminal Justice, School of Criminal Justice, College of Social Science