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Foodborne illness, infectious disease

Vulnerability Assessment of Critical Food Additives

Principal Investigator: 
Margaret Rush
The overall objective of this study is to assess vulnerability of the food supply to introduction of a chemical or biological contaminant through a food additive. To our knowledge, no group has performed a vulnerability assessment that considers the intentional contamination of food additives. The...

Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response: Assessing the Legal Framework for Interagency Sharing of Information

Principal Investigator: 
Kerry Wyss
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and its members are uniquely positioned to investigate and identify processes for improving information sharing among state, territorial, and local health agencies and the federal government. Incorporated in 1942, ASTHO is the...

Development of a Quantitative Food Supply Vulnerability Tool Exploring Public Health Risks

Principal Investigator: 
Emma Hartnett
The FSMA (2011) Section 106 requires that a vulnerability assessment of the food system be conducted, including biological, chemical, radiological, or other risk assessments. While defining vulnerability, DHS (2010) noted that a practical measure is the "likelihood that an attack is successful...

Training for Restoration Planning: How to develop a Recovery Plan for Food Processors after an Intentional Contamination Event

Principal Investigator: 
Mark Cosby
Food processors are well versed in the aspects of preparedness, prevention, and response to contamination and product recalls through Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training, and interactions with federal, state, and local regulatory...

Refining and Enhancing Risk Message Testing for Use with Vulnerable Populations and the General Population    

Principal Investigator: 
Robert Littlefield
Problem Addressed: Previous research suggested that learning styles and particular message variables influence how people respond to risk messages. For example, participants whose learning style indicated a preference for reflective observation were not persuaded by any of the communication...

Modeling Health Care Surge Capacity Requirements during an Intentional Attack on the Food Supply

Principal Investigator: 
Emma Hartnett
Intentional attacks on the food supply can potentially have catastrophic impacts on the health of the population. In localized events the ability to expand health care to sudden, and potentially prolonged, demand is of great concern. Building upon the project team's previous experience in...

Validation and optimization of biologically modified electrically-active magnetic nanoparticles (nano-BEAMs) for direct capture and concentration of bioterrorism agents in various food matrices

Principal Investigator: 
Evangelyn Alocilja
The existing project focuses on the synthesis and novel application of biologically modified electrically-active magnetic nanoparticles (nano-BEAMs) for sample acquisition and pre-analytical processing to render representative samples of food products ready for rapid agent detection in multiple...

Characterizing the Potential Use of Consumer Complaints Surveillance for the Early Detection of Foodborne Illness Events

Principal Investigator: 
Craig Hedberg
Rapid detection of foodborne illness events remains a challenging activity that has important implications for response and recovery efforts. The recent large scale outbreaks involving a myriad of food items such as peanuts, peanut butter, tomatoes, and peppers, illustrate of the challenges of...

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