EdCast presents: An exciting course by The Food Fraud Initiative

Food fraud is a concept that addresses deception of a party who expects authenticity of specific foods that they acquire. We are talking about people who pursue profit by misleading consumers in terms of the composition or ingredients of a certain product, which in turn may represent an issue to the health of these buyers.

It’s not something you see only in specific countries, either. Food fraud is becoming a growing problem and we’re getting to the point that, at least in my opinion, what we are selling as “milk” ends up not being completely milk. It’s not an overstatement or a conspiracy theory. It is a reality that EdCast and PhD. John Spink will cover in the new Food Fraud course, which focuses on the economic and moral perspectives involved.

While food fraud is a concept that seems very easy at first glance, defining exactly what it is took a long journey for Dr. John Spink and his team, including years of research. It all started in November 2011 with the assistance of Michigan State University, who published food-related investigation in a scholarly journal. The main goal of this was to figure out the true definition of Food Fraud, and the secondary goal was a critical follow-up by the USP Food Ingredient Intentional Adulteration Expert Panel. In collaboration with this, Dr. Spink developed a Food Fraud incidents database, which spanned from 1980 to 2010, and whose instrument was scholarly journals review. It is a remarkable research paper, mostly due to its deep investigative character based on careful examination, which results in accurate data, including definitions of what the product is, what the adulteration is, and what test methods were used to identify it. These factors were critical in building a well-founded database, and now this tool serves future studies regarding Spink’s Food Fraud Initiative.

Food is a primary need, and as such the general populace consumes it daily. This also means that the food industry is a sector that makes a lot of money. Because of this, certain types of fraud can significantly increase the profits of an enterprise, and that offers a pretty huge temptation to do so. More than that, the types of fraud that can be committed are countless.

Some examples are:

-Against quality (sensorial, nutritional, technological)

-Against the standards for condition of food

-Against purity (adulteration of ingredients)

-Against definition of the food itself

And, really, that’s just to name a few. Anyway, countless cases and postures will be discussed during the course from EdCast and Dr. John Spink. This course will be available until June 5th, and you’ll able to purchase a certificate. So click on the link below and start learning more about what you’re eating today!

https://msu.edcastcloud.com/learn/food-fraud-spring-2015-spring-2015

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