New Publication: Defining the Public Health Threat of Dietary Supplement Fraud

Written by: John Spink

Primary Source: Food Fraud

DSFIf you thought Food Fraud prevention was challenging… take a look at Dietary Supplement Fraud (DSF)!  There are probably 100 times more products, 100 times more ingredients, and 100 times less regulation and enforcement.  As a purchaser or consumer, the same principles apply:  “know your supplier” and “trust but verify.”  Our new publication will be free to access for the first month and then there will be a fee… so download it now .

I’m grateful to have been the co-author on this project with lead author Virginia Wheatley.  The topic was the subject of her MSU Master of Science in Food Safety thesis project.  Our collaboration started with a sidebar discussion about the publication “Defining the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud” after I had heard her present on the challenges of monitoring dietary supplements.  We based a lot of our research on her insight from working for the New Jersey Department of Public Health.  She is a phenomenal research partner who brought great insight and focus to the project.

Wheatley , V. M. and Spink, J. (2013)

Defining the Public Health Threat of Dietary Supplement Fraud

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety , 12: 599–613

This academic journal is ranked #1/161 in Food Science and has an ISI Impact Factor of 5.05.  An impact factor is a way to measure the impact of the journal on scholarship – above 1.0 is good and few journals are above 3.0.  To have this article accepted in such a prestigious journal is a statement of the importance of this research and the perceived impact it will have in the future.

Thank you to the journal’s publisher, the Institute of Food Technologists , and the editors of the journal.  Also, thank you Virginia for the opportunity to collaborate with you.  For others, please reach out to us to help create new research projects and new knowledge that will help prevent public health threats.  JWS.

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John Spink
Dr. Spink has been focused on product fraud since the Michigan State University’s Food Safety Program and the School of Packaging began research on the topic in 2006. This work expanded to the behavioral sciences and criminology and led to the establishment of the Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Initiative in 2008. In 2009 the work shifted to the School of Criminal Justice where the Initiative evolved into a Program.