Online training spotlights food fraud

Date 13 October 2015

Combatting fraud in the food industry calls on sophisticated analytical science techniques, placing increasing demand on training people to use them correctly.

To help identify and prevent food fraud, Dr Kate Kemsley from the Institute of Food Research Food Safety Centre has teamed up with colleagues from the University of East Anglia to develop a free online course via their partner, FutureLearn, with an audience of 2 million learners.

‘Identifying Food Fraud’ will introduce students to analytical chemistry and how it is used to check that certain ingredients in the food we eat match their label. 

Our globalised food chain is so complex, it really needs a combination of all of the advanced analytical techniques we have at or disposal to keep ahead of the food fraudsters. We hope that this course will engage people in the power of analytical chemistry, in applications that impact on all of us

Dr Kate Kemsley, Institute of Food Research

The course is produced by UEA’s Massive Open Online Course team, responsible for over 170,000 individual learner sign ups to date. MOOCs can be taken by thousands of people simultaneously, there is no selection of students and no fees, and you can read course materials, hear lectures, watch videos, ask questions, interact and take tests or quizzes from anywhere with internet access worldwide. It was funded by the Norwich Research Park Science Links Seed Fund.

The central aim of MOOCs is to encourage participation, engagement, connections, networking and life-long learning, something UEA and the IFR wholeheartedly support.

Dr Kate Kemsley


The ‘Identifying Food Fraud’ MOOC will be useful for anyone planning to study Chemistry at A-level, high school, college or university, as it features practical applications of many of the techniques encountered, including infrared technology, NMR and mass spectrometry.

This course will also benefit food industry professionals wanting to refresh, update or further their knowledge of the methods analytical chemists take in the measurements of food materials and ingredients.

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Identifying Food Fraud launches Monday 26 October 2015. Find out more and join today -

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Andrew Chapple

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