How forensics protect consumers from fraud

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One of the areas we will be focussing upon within our BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation course is consumer protection and the forensic investigation of adulterated or fraudulent products.

Consumer protection concerns the practice of ensuring integrity of products and processes to prevent fraudulent activity and to ensure the health and safety of the public.  We will take a scientific approach to investigating items from artwork and money, to foodstuffs and formulations allowing you to establish whether a product is authentic. 

The role that Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy play in identifying criminal activity through examining the molecular structure or products, and DNA analysis in establishing authenticity of foodstuffs will be studied by evaluating case studies and looking at the specific scientific aspects of the investigation.  The role that public protection laboratories in ensuring safety and wellbeing plays together with trading standards departments in identifying adulterated or fraudulent materials will also be studied, and will provide an insight to those students who might be considering a career in this rapidly emerging area which interfaces science and the law.