SURVEY – Invitation to Participate in the IAFP Food Fraud Professional Development Group Interest Survey

This survey is your opportunity to be heard and to help lead the direction of food fraud prevention. Our IAFP Food Fraud Professional Development Group has published an “interest survey” to be completed by IAFP and PDG members, plus the public at large. We are reviewing our direction …

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Review of the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community – Food Concerns

There are many sources for food threat assessments, including the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This is a summary of their Annual Threat Assessment, with a focus on food products and the role of the food industry. This is a valuable data point for food …

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New Food Fraud Episode – Hear My Comments on The Global Safety Podcast, June 29, 2021

New Episode: “Food Fraud” on the Global Safety Podcast, co-presented by Chris Elliott (Queen’s University Belfast – UK), Louise Manning (Royal Agricultural College – UK), and Kimberly Coffin (Lloyds Register – and a Michigan State University Alum and parent!). Direct link to the recording (or find on your …

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ANNOUNCEMENT – May 26 Presentation for US Patent and Trademark Office on Preventing Counterfeit Food and Beverages

EVENT: Presentation – Preventing Counterfeit Food and Beverages, by Dr. John Spink, for US Patent and Trademark Office hosted Webinar Series: IP Discussions for ARIPO Member States and Observers May 26, 2021, 8:30 to 11:30am ET Free REGISTER HERE: https://web.cvent.com/event/ca9852ae-c075-4597-b372-9f1161ee0475/summary There are many global organizations fighting one aspect …

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UPDATE – Review and Comments on the new Codex Food Fraud Discussion Paper

Codex Alimentarius is advancing their work on creating an international food fraud guidance. This is an overview of the March 2021 updated document that will be reviewed at the May 2021 CCFICS25 meeting. This is a restart of the significant progress of the activity started in 2016. In …

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Ten Year Review: Challenges of IP Enforcement for Food and Ag Products

Ten years ago, I published my first peer-reviewed, refereed, scholarly journal article. While submitting and publishing is much easier after you have momentum and a history of twenty-nine journal articles and twenty published chapters… the first couple of articles are difficult even to get considered, let alone published. …

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NEW PUBLICATION: Food Fraud Victimization of Online Consumers

Are consumers setting themselves up to get defrauded? (Yes.) Can the food industry modify food fraud prevention strategies to help consumers avoid get cheated? (Yes.)  With two of my Criminology professor colleagues, we explored in this new article “routine activities” theory to strengthen “the role consumers play in …

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Review: Product Fraud Criminology Theories and Food Fraud Prevention Resources

This is a review of our past food fraud prevention-related criminology research that was published in Criminology scholarly journals. This research started in 2006 based on my MSU Packaging Science PhD research titled “Analysis of Counterfeit Risks and Development of a Counterfeit Product Risk Model.” This model became …

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