Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University is proud to offer this Executive Education program on Food Fraud Business, led by Dr. John Spink, Director of the FFI. This course is specifically tailored to those who need a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts. The content is applicable to all functions and levels – from entry level engineers to executives.

The first Food Fraud Business Short Course will be held on February 7-9, followed immediately by a Food Fraud Initial Screening Tool Vulnerability Assessment Workshop. Subsequent courses will be held on July 18-20 (tentative) and September 26-28.

This course is specifically tailored to those who need a thorough understanding of the fundamental Food Fraud concepts.  The insights are applicable from entry level engineers to executives — the content is appropriate for all levels within your organization.  This course is based on the MSU three-credit graduate course Anti-Counterfeit Strategy and Product Protection (VM/PKG/ CJ 840).

This course has been taught by Dr. Spink since 2008. Dr. Spink’s 2009 MSU Packaging PhD Dissertation was “Analysis of Counterfeit Risks and Development of a Counterfeit Product Risk Model.” Before returning to academia in 2005 he spent 15 years in industry, including 11 with Chevron Corporation. His wide range of experiences included packaging development, plant management, technical sales, new business development, and consulting services. Dr. Spink received the 32nd Packaging PhD on the planet.

MSU’s Food Fraud Initiative contributes to or helps lead many of the world’s strategic Food Fraud prevention activities. MSU is a recognized leader in Food Safety education as well as Food Science scholarship. Recent activities have expanded to include leadership in Dietary Supplement Fraud and Veterinary Product Fraud. Other projects are contributing to assessing the vulnerability and risk.

Concepts to be covered in the course include:

  • Food Fraud
  • Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA)
  • Anti‐Counterfeit Strategy
  • Diversion/Smuggling
  • Tamper‐Resistance/Tamper‐Evidence
  • Theft Prevention: Shoplifting, Cargo Theft, Warranty Fraud and Employee Theft
  • The VACCP, TACCP, and HACCP continuum
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Retail and Transportation Vulnerability
  • Packaging and Tampering
  • Legislation and Regulations – including US FSMA, EU, UK, GFSI, and ISO
  • Criminology and Behavioral Sciences
  • Consumer Behavior and Brand Equity
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Dietary Supplement Fraud
  • Veterinary Product Fraud

Enrollment for the course is $1,950. To register for the courses, go to For more information, download the course brochure at

Source: Michigan State University