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. Kircher to Kick-Off UMN Headliners Series


The popular current events series hosted by University of Minnesota is starting it's 11th year with a talk from FPDI's Dr. Amy Kircher titled "Protecting Your Lunch: Food Fraud and Adulteration". Join us on October 6th at 7pm at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus. Individual tickets are $20, a series subscription is $80.


Woldfang Herbinger, WFP Meets with FPDI Staff


Wolfgang Herbinger, Country Director for the World Food Programme, visited with leadership and staff of the Food Protection and Defense Institute to learn more about the WFP, the supply chain and logistics of their work and Wolfgang’s many experiences in the field. 


October Webinar Series- Register Now!


The possibility of intentional contamination of the food supply with a pathogen or toxic substance is a constant threat, one which businesses and governments work diligently to protect against. Because of their wide use in myriad food products, additives and other minor ingredients present a potential target for contamination that could have wide-reaching effects. This webinar will present work performed by Gryphon Scientific to assess the threat of minor ingredient contamination and identify trends in vulnerability across the food supply.