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Qualitative Analysis

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...

Advancing SERS to field technology for food defense application

Principal Investigator: 
Lili He
The use of biological and chemical toxins as terror agents on the food supply could cause catastrophic consequences to public health and severe economic impact. However, an analytical method that can rapidly detect these agents in dynamic food chains is lacking. Previously, we received NCFPD...

Strengthened Food and Agricultural Sector Defense Posture through Improved Private Sector Information Sharing

Principal Investigator: 
Jennifer Li
The Food and Agriculture Sector (FAS), composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems largely under private ownership and relied upon for domestic and international food production, is at risk of natural threats or unintentional and intentional manmade contamination or attack...

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...

Food Product Tracing Technology Capabilities and Interoperability

Principal Investigator: 
Tejas Bhatt; Jennifer (Previous PI) McEntire
Despite the best efforts of food safety professionals, contaminated food continues to enter the food supply. It is imperative that contaminated food be removed from the supply chain as quickly as possible to protect public health and stabilize markets. In addition to findings highlighted in the...

On-Site Detection of Microbial Pathogens and Chemical Toxic Agents Using Novel Sensors Based on Quantum Dot Modified Molecular Imprinted Polymers

Principal Investigator: 
Keith Warriner
On-site diagnostic tools are an essential part of emergency management given that early detection of the hazard leads to rapid containment and corrective action. However, current diagnostic devices for on-site testing are lacking, expensive or require multiple step protocols and technical expertise...

Psychological and Social Dimensions of Audience Receptivity to Risk Messages

Principal Investigator: 
Robert Littlefield
Problem Addressed: Risk communication warns individuals of potential crises in an effort to mitigate harms. We know that individuals do not heed warnings and often experience devastating effects. While definitions of exist in the literature, they reflect a managerial perspective. This ethnocentric...

Food Industry Challenges to " Best Practices" Risk Communication

Principal Investigator: 
Jennifer McEntire
This proposal seeks to determine the key challenges and issues faced by the food industry when using the ""best practices"" developed by the NCFPD Risk Communication Theme. We hypothesize that legal and other business hurdles may prevent the application of some of the best...

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