The Food Protection and Defense Institute hosted ten representatives from Saudi Arabian government, academia, law enforcement, and food industry at the 2016 Food Defense Collaborative Exchange from December 5-9, 2016. The Collaborative Exchange provided food defense training, expertise, and...
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The publication of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule aimed at preventing intentional adulteration (IA rule) from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health is a major step forward in our collective efforts to safeguard the food supply. For more than a decade, industry, academia, trade associations, and government partners have collaboratively assessed the vulnerabilities of the food supply and identified strategies to mitigate those vulnerabilities. The results of this collaboration have formed the fundamental underpinnings of the IA rule’s requirements, including, but not limited to, food defense plans, vulnerability assessments, mitigation strategies, and food defense training.
The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) was awarded a grant from the Food Protection and Defense Institution (FPDI) to research current threat information sharing techniques and barriers still hindering optimal information sharing among the public and private sectors within the Food and Agriculture Sector.
Automation technology continues its explosive proliferation to generate better health care, faster food processing operations, and improved information sharing systems. With these advances come side effects, such as increased adverse cyber related malfunctions, and the likelihood of targeted threats. Relying on the equipment manufacturer to prevent cyber risks is unrealistic. A community of users greatly improves vulnerability reduction. The webinar will present an information sharing community that was built for the health care industry, how it has been successful, and how the food industry could benefit.