What is The Rotten Apple?

The Rotten Apple is your answer to inbox overload.

The Rotten Apple is for busy food professionals, policy-makers and purveyors who want the big picture on food safety, food authenticity and sustainable supply chains.

The Rotten Apple is about 🍏 food safety 🍏 food fraud 🍏 sustainable supply chains 🍏

Hi, I’m Karen!

I do the hard work for you. Every week I scan hundreds of news articles, blog posts, forums, newsletters and Twitter feeds for relevant food and ag news. The Rotten Apple is me sharing the items that I think you will find the most interesting and useful.

Topics are expertly curated so they are practical and relevent.

You get a short, sharp read, with links to more information on each item if you want to go deeper.

Subscribe to The Rotten Apple for:

  • Case reports of food fraud crimes (focusing on emerging trends and unusual stories);

  • Emerging issues in food safety: new hazards, new trends, updates to standards;

  • Future foods, without the hype - do environmental claims actually stack up?

  • The current state of food safety systems (for example, has the GFSI lost its way?)

  • Food fraud incidents from around the globe, from the last week;

  • Horizon scanning news for food ingredients and commodities.

You won’t find:

x Press releases from food companies about their latest β€˜initiatives’ or products.

x Advertorials about equipment, systems or services for food production.

x Self promotion or endorsements. While I do offer food fraud products, training and consultancy services, I don’t promote them in this newsletter.

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🍏The Rotten Apple🍏 has Free and Paid Subscriptions

Free subscribers get three interesting, short articles (food safety, food fraud, food supply chains) straight to your inbox every Monday.

Paying subscribers get access to additional, exclusive content:

βœ… exclusive monthly supplements (for example, a deep dive into the food safety aspects of sous vide);

βœ… weekly food fraud incident reports;

βœ… weekly horizon scanning for food fraud;

βœ… audio 🎧 versions (so you can cath up while on-the-go);

βœ… an index of past topics and articles; and

βœ… an e-book of past issues… download it, print it, enjoy it offline.

See an example of a paid newsletter here

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Karen Constable
I explain food integrity in a no-nonsense, practical way to the global food community. Check out my expertise on LinkedIn (I'm easy to find). And follow me on Twitter @karenconstable4.