• 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 the Food Safety Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine during Summer Semester 2008. Later in 2008, the P-FAPP evolved in parallel with 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. Over 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.

    Annual Update Conference

    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.

    Executive Education

    Education and Training Overview Flyer: http://foodfraud.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FFIFlyer-EDUC-Training-and-Educ-Overview-v4-Final.pdf

    Multi-Client Studies

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

    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

    Other Education Options: MOOCs