Dr. John W. Spink is an assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Eli Broad Business College at Michigan State University (MSU). Previously, he was an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice in the College of Social Science at MSU and in the College of Veterinary Medicine. His leadership positions include product fraud-related activities with ISO 22000, GFSI, and the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Global activities include engagements with the European Commission, INTERPOL, Codex Alimentarius, and WHO/FAO, and he served as an advisor on food fraud to the Chinese National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment. He also spent 11 years at the Chevron Corporation, and was an independent consultant, before earning a Ph.D. in packaging/anti-counterfeit strategies at MSU in 2009.

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In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak to John [15:28] about:

  • Ten years later: Defining food fraud
  • Past food fraud events
  • What falls under the umbrella of food fraud?
  • The role of the Global Food Safety Initiative in the food fraud discussion
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Intentional Adulteration rule
  • Economically motivated adulteration 
  • Issues of FSMA and other regulatory compliance
  • Labeling and authentication
  • Prosecuting for low-hanging fruit, so to speak
  • How food fraud fits into other food safety risks
  • How supply chain management fits in
  • Supply chain challenges during the pandemic
  • Examining processes in greater detail

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