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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2016-17 Open Call for White Papers


FPDI is accepting exploratory white paper submissions for research and transition projects pending availability of external partner funding in 2016 and beyond. The Institute seeks innovative research and development (R&D) projects with a customer-driven focus on outcomes that support the stakeholders in the food and agriculture community as well as DHS components.  

Food Protection May Webinar


With natural and man-made global threats to our food system no one organization – public or private – can have full awareness of all the threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents that could cause devastating health harm and economic loss from a food system disruption. There is little doubt that sharing information can and has mitigated consequences of natural or intentional contamination. 

Register Now for 2016 Food Defense Training


As the food system is becoming ever more global, companies need to be prepared to protect not only their products but also their reputation. The Food Protection and Defense Institute will be presenting a 2-day training session on June 27 & 28, 2016 that will teach food industry professionals how to navigate basic food defense principles, recognize vulnerabilities, and create a tailored food defense plan.