GFSI Compliance vs. a Food Safety Standard (BRC, SQF, FSSC, IFS, GRMS, and others)

A high-ranking government food policy leader once stated to me that their food companies didn’t “do GFSI” but did implement FSSC, SQF, IFS, BRC, or others. The leader didn’t know that GFSI is the benchmark for those food safety management systems. So, what is GFSI and its compliance …

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EXCERPT – Food Fraud Prevention Textbook – Early Warning Systems

Attached is an excerpt from my 2019 Food Fraud Prevention textbook that reviews early warning systems compared to just rapid detection of an incident. COVID-19 created even more system weakness due to massive and novel supply chain disruptions. Waiting for an incident to occur, and rapidly responding, is …

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ANNOUNCEMENT – USDA National Organic Program, Organic Product Fraud Prevention, Free Online Training

USDA recently published their Organic Product Fraud Prevention training in a free, online, and public format. This is part of the training for USDA inspectors. The Organic Trade Association was funded for the content we co-developed, and which I presented. Our two courses are: “Organic Fraud and the …

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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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