Centre for Counter Fraud Studies

Food Fraud Group

The Food Fraud Group, established in 2014, brings the unique skill set of the University of Portsmouth to the growing global problem of food fraud.  This covers a wide range of economically motivated frauds, ranging from false labelling to substitution or adulteration of foods. In some cases, food counterfeiting has fatal consequences. 

Organised crime and a lack of evidence of the extent of food fraud are part of the problem (The Observer 3 May 2014). The potential of forensic audit and counter fraud techniques to detect and prevent food fraud is being recognised but the food industry recognises that it must acquire ‘a new skill set’ to use them.

At Portsmouth, we have leading research and teaching in the areas of counter fraud, forensic accounting and audit, forensic investigation, systems analysis and digital forensics.  In the group, we bring together this expertise to tackle the issues of evidence, fraud intelligence and skills.

Food fraud courses

We have launched two courses for the food industry.  These are:

Our emerging projects

  • Traceability of fish supplies (Lisa Jack, Mark Xu, Glenn Taylor, Michail Bitzios, Sally-Anne Kryzaniak)
  • Assessing losses due to food fraud (Lisa Jack, Jim Gee, Mark Button)
  • Food Fraud Resilience (Lisa Jack, Alan Graham, Jim Gee)
  • Forensic investigation techniques applied to food fraud (Paul Smith, Claire Rhodes, Lisa Jack)

Further information

For further information please contact Professor Lisa Jack, email Lisa.Jack@port.ac.uk

Find us on Twitter: @foodfrauduk


April 2016:

Raising the Profile of Food Fraud at the University of Portsmouth’s 6th Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, 7th June 2016: Following presentations on the area of Food Fraud in 2014 and 2015 by Professor Lisa Jack (University of Portsmouth) and Professor John Spink (Michigan State University), this year will feature papers from:

  • Dr Louise Manning (Harper Adams University) on countermeasures against food fraud in the manufacturing environment
  • Mr Huw Watkins (UK Intellectual Property Office) on Operation Opson, the Interpol / Europol led work against food fraud.
  • Mr Euoghan Daly (The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity and Protection)
  • as well as researchers from our own Food Fraud research group.
October 2015:

In Summer 2015, a series of interviews with researchers were recorded in the University of Portsmouth TV studio.  You can see Professor Lisa Jack discussing our views on food fraud in this video: https://vimeo.com/135030553

April 2015:

Professor Lisa Jack is interviewed by the Institute of Food Safety Intergrity and Protection, over our food fraud courses, the Danish Food Flying Squad and the benefits of counter-fraud accounting in the food industries. Read more.

The University of Portsmouth has signed an agreement with NSF International to deliver a one day food fraud awareness course called 'Tackle the threat of food fraud in your business'.  The course was designed by Lisa Jack of the Food Fraud Group and Carole Payne and colleagues at NSF International.

February 2015:

Professor Lisa Jack is one of the speakers in a webinar on food fraud being broadcast on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at 14.00 GMT. She joins colleagues from NSF International to deliver the online seminar which will also be available for viewing after the broadcast. Details of how to register can be found here

NSF International also led a FSA funded project entitled 'Risk modelling of food fraud motivation - 'NSF fraud protection model' intelligent risk model scoping project', and Lisa Jack was part of the team, which also included partners from Kingston University and Head Associates. The report was published last week on the FSA website. 

The NSF International team will be also appearing at a conference in London on 12th February 2015: www.nsf-food-conf.eu

November 2014:

PKF Littlejohn and Centre for Counter Fraud Studies (Food Fraud Group) are sponsoring the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's 'Food Crime' conference being held in London on 25th November 2014. Professors Jim Gee and Lisa Jack launched their new report (written with Mark Button) entitled 'Minimising fraud and maximising value in the UK food sector' at the conference.

September 2014:

Professor Lisa Jack featured in the Portsmouth News in an article entitled 'Food Fraud: the Crime in our Baskets'.

Lisa Jack also contributed 'The Red Flags of Food Fraud' to the Elliot Report (p.114).  She has also written on food fraud for The Conversation, The Guardian Online and The Grocer, and appeared on Radio Solent Drivetime and Radio 4's You and Yours.  In September 2014, she was an invited speaker at the Wales Fraud Forum (as was Professor Jim Gee of CCFS).