The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), formerly known as the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004 at the University of Minnesota. Developed as a multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, FPDI addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system. FPDI takes a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system, encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.

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Dr. van de Ligt featured in R&FF November Issue


The Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine published an editorial submitted by FPDI's Assistant Director, Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt, titled “How to Prepare for Terrorism in Today's Food System”. In her column. Dr. van de Ligt provides a current example of a frozen-food related attack and explains the importance of a strong food defense plan.


Register Now! VMED 5920- Food Defense: Prepare, Respond, Recover


Researchers from the Food Protection and Defense Institute will be teaching VMED 5920 at the University of Minnesota this spring. Graduate and professional students are encouraged to register for this course to learn about the basic principles of preparedness, response, and recovery in relation to a food incident. The instructors will also be discussing timely food defense events that occur during the semester.


January Webinar Series- Register Now!


This presentation will discuss the development of a generic hazard analysis that includes assessments of hazard severity and probability of occurrence that may be useful to animal food producers as a starting point in development facility specific hazard analyses.