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Validation of Gold Nanoparticle DNA-based Biosensors for the Detection of Non-PCR Amplified Bacterial Food Borne Pathogens in Food Matrices

Principal Investigator: 
Sylvia Vetrone
Since the intentional distribution of Bacillus anthracis spores through the US postal system in 2001, the prospect of bioterrorism in food, water, and agriculture has identified critical needs in prevention, protection, and mitigation for homeland security. Towards that end, we recently...

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...

Development and Implementation of a Graduate Certification of Completion Program in Food Protection and Defense

Principal Investigator: 
Abbey Nutsch
The objective of this project is to establish and implement an NCFPD multi-institutional, interdisciplinary graduate education program in food protection and defense. This Graduate Education Program will include a graduate certificate of completion in food protection and defense that leverages...

Risk Mitigation and Food Supply Chain Design and Control

Principal Investigator: 
Alan Erera
This project has two broad aims. The first is to develop improved risk analysis methods for quantifying the vulnerability of a food product supply chain that may be used by an adversary to deliver a chemical or biological agent. The second aim is to create new food supply chain design and control...

Analyzing Ingredient-Product Relationships to Enhance Traceability

Principal Investigator: 
John Ambrosiano
Ingredients commonly used within a particular group of products could potentially be targeted by terrorists to intentionally contaminate many foods simultaneously. Additionally, specialty ingredients, or those having only a few suppliers, could be preferentially chosen because of their potential to...

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...

Experimental Evidence for Best Practices in Food Crisis Communication

Principal Investigator: 
Cara Cuite
In the event of purposeful contamination or other a food crisis event, government and industry must communicate with the public to create awareness of the nature of and impacts of the event, help the public identify affected food products, compel appropriate protective actions on the part of...

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...

Validation of Agent Inactivation and Isolation from Food Systems

Principal Investigator: 
Alvin Lee
Validation of a process needed to eliminate a microbiological or chemical hazard in food can be difficult. Processing technologies that have shown efficacy in eliminating a hazard under laboratory conditions, usually under well controlled parameters, may not be effective against the threat agent...

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