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Food Protection Message - April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

If you follow our research you know that we have been thinking about the adulteration of food for financial gain for several years. We refer to this as Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) and use the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s working definition to guide our efforts:
“fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of its production, i.e., for economic gain.”

Celebrating 10 Years: Reflections on Food Defense by Donald A. Kautter, Jr.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The best place to start I think – is with a comment that I have been using for over 12 years – and I think it puts a laser focus on the whole issue of food defense and still holds true today.  There are many critical infrastructures in this country – most of which all Americans rely upon daily for their lives – but there is one that since the beginning of our existence we have needed daily (and most of us at least three times daily) and that is the food and agriculture sector.  We could survive for some time without many of the other sectors (I will freely admit that I would not be a happy camper without most of them) – but you simply cannot survive without safe food.  I think that this simple truth explains the existence and importance of food defense – and the National Center for Food Protection and Defense.

United States Secretary of Agriculture Visits the National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Thursday, April 24, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited NCFPD last week to discuss what the Center is doing to defend the safety of the global food supply.

NCFPD has several projects dedicated to defending the global food system that include research, resources, training, and education components. On Friday, April 18, NCFPD was able to speak with the Secretary and highlight their work with economically motivated adulteration (EMA), food supply chain mapping, and horizon scanning for potential food system disruptions.

Webinar - Global Food Defense Training Development - May 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Since 2006 a multi-agency cohort from the U.S. government, food industry and academia has delivered dozens of food defense workshops around the globe to improve food defense programs worldwide. We will explore the history of this program and its impact on global food defense, share recent experiences from workshops in Honduras, Brazil and Croatia, and discuss the current and future status of the program.