• Posts Tagged ‘food safety’

    Can’t We Just Detect and Arrest Fraudsters? Sorry, But No.

    by John Spink • October 3, 2013 • Blog • 0 Comments

    We won’t arrest our way to food safety, but eliminate research on authenticity testing and detection?  Forget enforcement?  Ignore investigation?  Of course not… but you can’t increase the safety of the food supply if you’re only running around chasing “bad guys.”  Prevention is by far the most efficient policy.  To focus on prevention before...

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    Reflections on Food Fraud Prevention in Russia – Trip Summary

    by John Spink • September 25, 2013 • Blog • 0 Comments

    There is probably no better partner for our Food Fraud research than our Moscow State University for Food Production (MSUFP) colleagues.  We engaged as scientists and worked together as friends.  We are now collaborating on projects from a common perspective.  We will build a firm foundation of education and harmonization to advance Food Fraud prevention. ...

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    “Arab Spring” in India for Food Fraud?

    by John Spink • July 17, 2013 • Blog • 0 Comments

    Earlier today Reuters reported violent protests in India over the deaths of 21 (and counting) children poisoned by a free school meal.  This tragedy is very close to home for almost every citizen in India since the mid-day meal program involves fully 10 percent of the total population, or a reported 120 million children. ...

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    Bracing for and Embracing the Food Fraud Challenge: A Review of the AFDO 2013 Conference

    by John Spink • July 10, 2013 • Blog • 0 Comments

    I had a very different response to my AFDO presentation this year than when I first presented back in 2007, when someone actually asked “why would someone counterfeit something like toothpaste?”  About a year later counterfeit branded toothpaste was found in stores in the US and melamine in pet food soon followed.  Horse meat...

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    Organized Retail Theft – Sometimes We Can’t Test Our Way to Safety

    by John Spink • July 6, 2013 • Blog • 0 Comments

    Organized Retail Theft (ORT) is mass shoplifting and is a type of Food Fraud that results in a public health vulnerability that costs businesses billions and erodes consumer confidence.  Since it involves authentic packaging and genuine product…we can’t test our way to safety.  This is an immense fraud opportunity that requires a holistic, all-encompassing...

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