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Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Food fraud: A supply network integrated systems analysis

The aim of this research is to identify the points of vulnerability within the supply chain to food crimes in order to allow regulators and retailers to take appropriate action to avoid food adulteration.

The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from analytical sciences, predictive modeling, law, and criminology and business studies. Food fraud is not just a contemporary phenomenon and the deliberate adulteration of food products has a long history and with recent events throughout Europe it is an ongoing problem.

The research will explore how the criminal opportunities within the supply chain are exploited. A model of supply chain dynamics will be developed to provide a greater understanding of the locations and opportunities for adulteration within the length of the supply chain.

Our research team

The project team consists of:

  • Jon Spencer – School of Law (Principal Investigator)
  • Nicholas Lord - School of Law (Co –Investigator)
  • Juanjo Medina – School of Law (Co –Investigator)
  • Sarah Devaney – School of Law
  • Adam Leaver - Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Roy Goodacre – School of Chemistry and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • David Ellis - School of Chemistry and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Cecilia Juliana Flores Elizondo (Research Associate)
  • David Allen (Research Associate)