Food Fraud Education Schedule – Quarterly Update + MOOCs Now On-Demand

Written by: John Spink

Primary Source: Food Fraud Initiative, 02/06/2019.


MSU Food Fraud MOOC programs – Free

Each MOOC is offered monthly, with the content available on-demand.  Live lecture webinar updates are offered semiannually.

For detailed course and registration information, see:

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For GFSI, FSMA, Sarbanes-Oxley or other requirements, addressing Food Fraud is not optional.  Even if you have a low ‘fraud opportunity’ you must have a written document to support your claim. To not formally address Food Fraud could lead to a recall and could be a federal crime for your company… or YOU.

The MSU Food Fraud Initiative (FFI) offers courses ranging from the two 2-hour free MOOCs (massive open online courses) to the Graduate Certificate in Food Fraud Prevention. Choose from a broad selection of Food Fraud education and training opportunities.

This is a brief summary of our MSU Food Fraud Initiative training and education options:

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses (Online): Free, open to everyone, includes optional Certificate of Completion

Course and registration information:

  • Food Fraud Overview MOOC
  • Food Fraud Audit Guide MOOC
  • Food Defense Audit Guide MOOC
  • Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment and Prevention Strategy Development MOOC
    • Each course is offered monthly with on-demand content, plus semiannual live lecture webinar updates

Executive Education (Short-Course):

Course and registration information:

  • Food Fraud Management Strategy (how to create and manage the program)
    • September 10-11-12, 2019, MSU, East Lansing
  • Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment (how to create and complete the GFSI requirement)
    • September 12-13, 2019, MSU, East Lansing
  • Quantifying Food Risk Workshop
    • Schedule under development

Graduate Courses (Online, Three Credits):

Course and registration information:

  • Quantifying Food Risk (including Food Fraud), August 2019
  • Food Protection and Defense (Packaging Module), January 2019
  • Packaging for Food Safety, May, 2019
  • Anti-Counterfeit & Product Protection (Food Fraud), May 2019

Graduate Certificate (Online, Four Courses Each)

Course and registration information:

  • Certificate in Food Fraud Prevention (Food Safety)

Online Food Safety Master of Science Program


Appendix: Other MSU-FFI resources:

  1. Primer Reports: 2-4 page overviews of key topics such as Food Fraud Prevention, Food Fraud Compliance, Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessments, and others:
  2. Food Fraud Initiative Reports (FFIR): These are in-depth reviews of key topics such as Enterprise Risk Management, the US Food Safety Modernization Act, Food Protection in New Zealand, and others:
  3. Video Library: This provides a summary of key lectures or webinars on related topics which were presented to groups such as Interpol, FSA Ireland, GFSI, and others:
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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.