Food Fraud Prevention Textbook
Introduction, Implementation and Management

by John W. Spink, PhD


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?” 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.

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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.”

Chapter-Specific Topics of Interest

  • Ch 5 Food-borne Diseases and Surveillance
  • Ch 14 Veterinary Drug Residues in China
  • Ch 16 Food Fraud
  • Ch 19 Food Safety Risk Communication Practices and Exploration in China
  • Ch 20 Consumer Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior Towards Food Safety (The consumer perception and confidence is an especially important – and very unique – concern addressed in the Food Safety Law.)
  • Ch 21 Food Safety Laws and Regulations (There have been several new laws and this chapter provides insight on the future direction.)
  • Chapter24 Food Safety Regulatory Inspection in China (With the evolving focus on food safety – including the expanding and refining of laws – the inspections will shift in focus.)

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
Directory 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

“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, Insititue 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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