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Food Fraud Prevention and Management

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.

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Course overview

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

Level: Short Course, CPD
Delivery: Online
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: 4 weeks
Start Date: Candidates may commence this 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.

Academic expertise

Jan is the CPD leader for our Food Fraud Prevention and Management programme. She is one of the leading food fraud researchers and has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 books including the successful reference book ‘Foodborne Diseases: Case Studies of Outbreaks in the Agri-Food Industries’ by CRC Press this 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.

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This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing

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