John W. Spink, PhD

Dr. John Spink is Director of the Food Fraud Prevention Think Tank, as well as Lead Instructor of the Food Fraud Prevention Academy, which provides free online training. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management (SCM) in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU). His food fraud prevention research focus is on policy and strategy to understand and prevent these supply chain disruptions and to implement procurement best practices. He is widely published in leading academic journals and has helped lead national and global regulatory and standards activity.More recently, his teaching and research have expanded from only food fraud prevention to now include integrated supply chain management and, more broadly, supply chain product fraud and counterfeiting.Dr. Spink is the author of the first textbook on the topic with the 2019 publication “Food Fraud Prevention – Development, Management, and Implementation."

Food Fraud Prevention Textbook – Now Over 2.4 Million Chapters Downloaded!

The Food Fraud Prevention textbook has over 2.4 million chapters downloaded! With nineteen chapters, that is equivalent to 126k full books downloaded. Researchers are finding this resource since many of those downloads are through university libraries. Order book here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-1-4939-9621-6?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=commission_junction_authors&utm_campaign=3_nsn6445_deeplink_PID9101220&utm_content=deeplink I first approached Springer Publishing in 2013 about …

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REVIEW – UK Parliament Report on Food Fraud (POSTNOTE No. 624, Food Fraud)

This is an important report since it is the UK Parliament providing insight to their Members of Parliament. This is a foundation document that presents the UK Parliament’s thinking – and possible direction – regarding food fraud public policy setting. The report emphasized prevention, public-private collaboration, and building …

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Food Standards Scotland and UK FSA Conference Summary: “Food Authenticity and Crime”

This conference summary provides important insight on enforcement and prosecution of food fraud prevention. Leaders from the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and UK Food Standards Agency (UK FSA) provided specific strategies and priorities. I presented a country-level vulnerability assessment method. The UK Global Food Safety Incidents and Emergency …

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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce (Part 7): A Country-Level Vulnerability Assessment Example

Every food company has experienced the rapid evolution of e-commerce. While B2C e-commerce is a broad category, the FDA Public Meeting emphasizes “e.g., produce and meal kit subscription services, ghost kitchens, dark stores.” FDA also mentioned types of delivery models, “e.g., third-party delivery, autonomous delivery models.” This post …

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EXCERPT – Food Fraud Prevention Textbook – Fraudsters and Counterfeiters as Competitors

Attached is an excerpt from my 2019 Food Fraud Prevention textbook that presents the consideration of fraudsters or counterfeiters as just another market competitor. To clarify, this is to consider the selection of countermeasures and control systems that reduce the business opportunity for the criminal fraudster. When considering …

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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce (Part 6): Definitions for “Produce and Meal Kit Subscription Services, Ghost Kitchens, Dark Stores.”

Every food company has experienced the rapid evolution of e-commerce. While B2C e-commerce is a broad category, the FDA Public Meeting emphasizes “e.g., produce and meal kit subscription services, ghost kitchens, dark stores.” FDA also mentioned types of delivery models, “e.g., third-party delivery, autonomous delivery models.” This post …

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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce (Part 5): Supply Chain Mapping and Hot Spot Analysis

How to start addressing food e-commerce risks? E-commerce is a food safety concern. FDA is asking about the risks. How to start? Start simple with a basic supply chain map and then conduct criminology hot spot analysis. The steps are outlined here with links to examples. This is …

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