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 Featured in Homeland Preparedness News


Dr. Amy Kircher presented at the Blue Ribbon Study Panel at Kansas State University on January 26th. The focus of the event was to discuss the challenges and solutions in defending the nation’s agriculture industry from chemical and biological threats.


Register Now- Food Defense Training


The Food Protection and Defense Institute will be hosting a 2-day Food Defense Certification Training Course on May 1 & 2, 2017 that will teach food industry professionals how to navigate basic food defense principles, recognize vulnerabilities, and create a tailored food defense plans.


March Webinar Series- Register Now!


FPDI has been developing epidemic simulation models to help address research questions regarding the potential spread and subsequent control of transboundary animal diseases. This presentation will discuss results from an epidemic simulation model of Classical Swine Fever used to examine the impact of US-Canadian border closures on disease spread and trade.