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."

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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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce (Part 4): Video Lecture on Cybersecurity and the Food Safety Manager

If FDA is asking questions about food e-commerce, then what is your role? As a food safety manager, you have a role in cybersecurity – including e-commerce – but to do what? This post includes a recent video lecture on the topic that provides for a simple call …

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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce (Part 3): Definitions of E-commerce and Cybersecurity

What is FDA’s role in policing food e-commerce?  Will your operations be a new focus of FDA? Do these transactions occur in “the cyberspace,” “the internet,” or the “virtual world”? This post continues our review of the upcoming US FDA New Era in Smarter Food Safety public meeting …

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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce (Part 2) – Food E-Commerce Vulnerabilities (Book Excerpt)

What is food e-commerce? What are the food e-commerce vulnerabilities?  Below is an excerpt from my Food Fraud Prevention textbook that reviews e-commerce and product fraud risks. This excerpt provides insight for the upcoming US FDA New Era in Smarter Food Safety public meeting on food e-commerce. Link …

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FDA Public Meeting on Food E-Commerce – Review and Registration Link

(Part 1 of a multi-post series) Participate in the FDA direction on food e-commerce. This is a review of the Federal Register announcement earlier today about the FDA food safety/e-commerce public meeting on October 19, 2021.  The event addresses e-commerce and new business models based on supply chain …

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