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Food Fraud Overview is a Course

Food Fraud Overview

Ended Jun 9, 2017

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Full course description

Course Date:

May 1 - June 9, 2017


3 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:





This free, two-week course focuses on food fraud prevention and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the topic. Food fraud is a collective term used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain. As more people become aware of the concept and the vulnerabilities, they will also become more effective at not only intervention and response but also prevention.

The course includes readings, a two-hour lecture, and a weekly assessment quiz. It’s positioned as a bridge between general webinars and more intensive study in graduate courses, for the graduate certificate, or even a master’s degree with a food fraud focus. Students will receive an MSU Food Fraud Overview Credential.


This course will:

  • Provide students with insights into the emerging corporate need for food fraud management.
  • Discuss real-world applications and solutions presented by executives; thought leaders; and students who are working professionals, many of whom are leading their industries.
  • Provide a forum for learners to gain insights into unique fraud opportunities.

Target Audience: Life-long learners.

Course is offered by Michigan State University.

Course Instructors

John Spink

John Spink


Dr. Spink has been focused on product fraud since 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, which shifted to the School of Criminal Justice and eventually evolved into a program. His long-time affiliation with Michigan State University brings an awareness of the needs of academia and of MSU.