BEIJING, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart has agreed to sponsor the
translation of a Food Fraud Prevention online course to the Mandarin language.
The course was developed by Dr.John Spink, Professor at Michigan State
University (MSU) and Director of the University's Food Fraud Initiative. Dr.
Spink, a recognized expert in this area, has joined Walmart in their efforts to
help customers, regulators, suppliers and retailers increase public awareness
of food fraud prevention inChina and prevent food fraud through joint efforts
in the market.
MSU's first Food Fraud Prevention Overview was originally conducted in May of
2013 and it has only been offered in English. Since its debut, the massive open
online course (MOOC) hasseen over 800 participants from 48 countries take in
the free course. Following the first MOOC, there has been great interest in
follow-up courses and translation into other languages. The Walmart sponsorship
of the first language translation of the MOOC into Mandarin is a critical next
step in protecting against food fraud and improving the global food supply
This two-week MOOC is offered free to anyone, anywhere, who has Internet
access. The first Mandarin version of the two-week course will be offered in
two sections, on August 5 and August 12. It is especially targeted to be a tool
to help food companies inChina further strengthen their food fraud prevention
and surveillance programs.
Participants of the MOOC will gain important insights into the reasons food
fraud continues to be a major issue inthe global supply chain. The course will
draw on a wide range of current experience and expertise, infusing many
real-world applications and problem-solving exercises that will provide a
framework for success in the future.
Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart said, "At Walmart,
we take the issue of food fraud very seriously. Because prevention of food
fraud is a shared responsibility and education is a key to deterrence, Walmart
is delighted to be able to helpMichigan State University make the course more
broadly available to regulatory officials, industry professionals, consumers
and other stakeholders inChina."
Dr. Spink said, "We are grateful for forward-thinking companies like Walmart
who are working, and investing in, improving the safety of the world's foods."
He elaborated that,"When we rapidly expand the education and awareness
building at this early stage in the development of the science, we can more
efficiently establish a starting point and trajectory of our actions."
"Food fraud has been recognized as a common challenge not only for retailers
but also the whole supply chain," Walmart China Chief Compliance Office Paul
Gallemore said."As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart intends to
leverage global food safety expertise and best practices to help our suppliers
address the problem together in order to provide even greater assurance of food
product quality, authenticity and safety to our customers."
The retailer recently announced they are continuing to invest heavily in food
safety forChina with their total investment for 2013, 2014 and 2015 reaching
300 million Yuan. A portion of this investment has been heavily focused on
supplier training and management. Walmart is helping suppliers understand and
comply not only withChina's regulations, but the company's extensive and
rigorous food safety policies. Meanwhile, the company will perform additional
testing and tougher standards for suppliers in 2014, increasing DNA testing on
meat products by 100 percent and facility audits and inspections of primary
producers by more than 30 percent from 2013. Walmart China has also taken a
zero-tolerance policy on food fraud.
- Consumer Discretionary