Food Fraud Prevention and Management – An Online CPD programme

Food Fraud Prevention and Management – An Online CPD programme

The lengthening of food supply chains and increased industrialisation of food businesses have created the opportunity to practice food fraud on a massive and international scale. Food fraud results in £11.2 billion loss in profits to the UK food industry. By preventing food fraud, the food industry could boost its profitability by £4.48 billion. Tackling food fraud in the supply chain will result in public health benefits, increased food firms’ competitiveness and profitability. It is crucial that food industry is equipped with the know-how to detect, deter and prevent fraud in the supply chain.

The course is designed for anyone involved in managing and preventing food fraud. This includes food safety, quality and technical managers, regulatory compliance officers, auditors and professionals working in food supply chain. The learning outcomes include:

- Develop understanding of food fraud and vulnerabilities within the food supply chain
- Enable students to ‘think like a criminal’ – particularly when assessing from the perspective of what is advantageous to the fraudster
- Critically assess own food supply chain vulnerabilities for potential fraud and to identify preventive measures
- Develop appropriate controls and mitigation measures to prevent food fraud and supply chain vulnerabilities within their own and other food-related environments 

Entry and Admissions


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Full time and Part time

DELIVERY METHOD: Online (no attendance)

COURSE LENGTH: The average duration is 4 weeks with weekly study of 3 hours.

SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

START DATE: Candidates may commence this CPD course at any time during the academic year.

Entry Requirements:

No formal entry requirements are necessary to complete this course, but an interest in food fraud and basic understanding of the food supply chain would be helpful.

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Course Content

- Understanding of food fraud and food fraud risks
- Inside the mind of a fraudster
- Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment
- Designing countermeasures for mitigation of food fraud
- Learning activities and case studies

Highlights of the course

Our School is home to some of the world’s leading researchers in the field of food fraud and food safety, making this online CPD course truly relevant and unique. This short course offers a flexible approach to learning. Study in your own time, at your own pace.

Academic Expertise

Dr Jan Soon

Jan is the CPD leader for this new Food Fraud Prevention and Management programme. She is one of the leading food fraud researchers and have published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 books (h-index=17) including the successful reference book ‘Foodborne Diseases: Case Studies of Outbreaks in the Agri-Food Industries’ by CRC Press that is currently used by food safety professionals all over the world. The Handbook of Food Crime of which Jan contributed a book chapter to, was awarded the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2018.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

Course fee: £105

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Enrol online

For course information please contact Dr. Jan Soon at

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