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Announcement: NEW TEXTBOOK – Food Fraud Prevention, A Textbook to Support Introduction, Implementation and Management

Posted on November 01, 2019

Blog: Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO)

Announcing the first textbook on Food Fraud Prevention, based on ten years of research, outreach, and teaching effort. Ten years after the 2009 journal article “Introduction to the Public Health Threat of Food Fraud,” the discipline has grown from “what is it?” and “is it really a problem?” through to “how to start?” and “how much is enough?” This textbook provides a one-stop guide for the introduction to the topic, implementation of the food fraud vulnerability assessments and prevention strategy, through to management of the ongoing strategy.

Ordering Details

The recommended option is to purchase the “eBook,” which will give you the ability to do keyword searches, and then include the “MyCopy” option to order a printed hardcopy from the publisher. The “MyCopy” is usually much cheaper than printing your own hardcopy. If you prefer the hardcover version, it is available for pre-order.

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Link to purchase the book:

Reference: Spink, John W (2019). Food Fraud Prevention – Introduction, Implementation, and Management, Food Microbiology and Food Safety series, Springer Publishing, New York, eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-9621-6, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-9621-6, Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-9619-3, Edition Number 1, Number of Pages XIX, 662.

General Overview

The over 650 pages of content – supported by 33 tables and 116 figures in 17 chapters – is built up from Key Learning Objectives for the book, sections, chapters, and sub-chapters. The sections include:

  • Introductory Topics (3 chapters),
  • Food Fraud Prevention (3 chapters),
  • Business Decision-Making (2 chapters: ERM/ COSO and Michael Porter based Competitive Strategy,
  • Criminology (2 chapters),
  • Supply Chain Management and Procurement (2 chapters),
  • The Role of NGOs,
  • Standards and Certifications (2 chapters with 1 specifically on GFSI),
  • Risk Analysis (3 chapters), and the
  • Conclusion which includes a roadmap for “how to start” and “how much is enough.”

Comments from Foreword Authors

The textbook content includes statements of support in the Foreword sections from leaders from industry, government, and academia:

Mike Robach, PhD

Chairman, Board of Directors, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

Former VP of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory, Cargill Incorporated

“This book focuses on tools that enable solutions to more effectively identify and manage the risks of food fraud. It covers all the activities focused on prevention starting with the criminal motivation through the responsibility of companies, from the boardroom to the factory floor to the farm. This groundbreaking textbook provides a full picture of food fraud and is filled with tools that companies can use to establish preventative systems and train employees to deal with this real threat to the integrity and safety of our food supply around the world.”

Peter Whelan

Director of Audit and Investigations, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Irish Food Fraud Contact Point, Food Fraud Network, European Union

Irish Representative, Operation OPSON, INTERPOL/Europol

Advisory Board Member, EU Food Integrity Project

Advisory Board Member, EU Food Smartphone Project

Irish lead for the Codex e-Working Group on Food Fraud

“Over the years, Dr. Spink has been a leader and partner for a wide range of food fraud–related groups, and this textbook is the summary of those interactions and insights. This book advances food fraud prevention as a specific area of study and will support the development of a more strategic approach in the fight against food crime. This book provides useful tools for those wishing to reduce the food fraud opportunity and to protect consumer health and interests.”

Neal D. Fortin, JD

Director, Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR)

Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Michigan State University

“John Spink brings an important perspective to this field. Food lawyers tend to look at food fraud from a legal liability viewpoint. Yet, reputational damage can far exceed the penalties in the laws. Food safety experts tend to approach the topic as health and safety risks. Yet, the clever fraudsters seek economic advantage that may present a health risk. … Yet, the nature of supply chains can muddle such analysis. To deal with these seeming contradictions, John Spink brings a multidisciplinary approach to the topic.”

Whether you are completely new to the topic or have fully implemented a complete food fraud prevention strategy, this textbook provides a simple foundation to begin the task or a resource on a wide range of detailed topics. See the attached link to start your journey. JWS.

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