Food fraud: A supply network integrated systems analysis

Project Details


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 modelling, 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.
Short titleR:HWZ HWZ ESRC Spencer J
Effective start/end date1/10/1425/11/16

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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