Food is a particularly vulnerable target to adulteration due to its broad and complex distribution system. Numerous detection methods exist to measure the presence of chemical, biological, and radiological agents in food and the field is ever-changing. The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) has developed a tool to assess detection methods based on the agent type, intended usage, and twenty-three performance attributes.
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Food Protection Webinar Series
Cyber security threats present critical risks to all organizations. This talk will characterize and discuss the current cyber threat landscape and then discuss how such threats can impact the manufacturing and food industries in particular. We will discuss different classes of threat actors, including both internal and external threats. We will then discuss best practices and safeguards that audience members should employ both personally and professionally.
With natural and man-made global threats to our food system no one organization – public or private – can have full awareness of all the threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents that could cause devastating health harm and economic loss from a food system disruption. There is little doubt that sharing information can and has mitigated consequences of natural or intentional contamination. This webinar presents research results on information sharing within the government, from the government to industry, and within the industry.
Based on cutting-edge research and current best practices, FPDI's education agenda offers curriculum innovation, workforce training programs, and undergraduate and graduate opportunities to increase awareness of food defense on a global scale, enhance the skill set of our current workforce, and train the next generation of food defense workers. Our intention is to help industry, government agencies, and educators realize and reduce the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain in an effort to mitigate potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of attacks to our food supply. In this webinar presenters will highlight FPDI Curriculum Initiatives, Workforce Training, and Student Opportunities. - See more at: https://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/webinar-fpdi-education-initiati...
To enhance understanding of the potential health and security risks associated with global trade in wildlife and characterize the participation of the US in such trade, EcoHealth Alliance (www.ecohealthalliance.org) has been collecting data and analyzing global wildlife trade (GWT) over the past decade. GWT involves international trade of billions of individual animals and their products through a range of market chains that vary in source, trader and consumer identity, geographical pathway of movement, as well as purpose and legality. This presentation will cover information gathered through the above described efforts and briefly address potential associated concerns.
With an increasingly globalized market, U.S. FDA researchers have been investigating portable devices to allow for sample analysis and triage outside traditional laboratory settings in order to improve safety of consumer products. While portable devices are more established in the pharmaceutical arena, their use in evaluation of foods and dietary supplements is increasing. This presentation will focus on our work in evaluating instrumentation (Raman and near-infrared spectroscopies) and developing detection methods for skim milk powder authentication and adulteration.
The H5 avian influenza outbreak in the United States has been the largest animal health emergency in the country's history and has had far reaching effects on poultry producers, communities, and food processors. This presentation will discuss what has been learned from research efforts to understand the factors that contributed to the scale of this outbreak and implications for biosecurity and business continuity moving forward.
Traceability forms the foundational backbone to mitigating food safety and defense risks and vulnerabilities because it gives greater visibility across the entire supply chain – you cannot solve a problem you don’t know you have! However, pragmatic implementation of effective traceability relies on achieving commercial advantages in addition to serving the greater public good. This webinar will summarize the results of extensive research conducted by the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) to provide insights into improving a company’s bottom line by enhancing existing traceability practices. It will also discuss best practices to recognize operational efficiencies and gain market access through enhanced traceability.
The ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the largest in history. A sustained outbreak of this magnitude has the potential to create new opportunities for pathways of human transmission previously thought to be unrealistic, including pathways involving the food system. This webinar will present findings from research performed by the Food Protection and Defense Institute and collaborators to rapidly evaluate the risk of Ebola transmission in the United States via three routes originating in West Africa: food commodities, imported wildlife, and illegal bushmeat.
The problems of economically motivated adulteration (EMA) and food fraud have received increasing attention over recent years, particularly in anticipation of the release of the final rules resulting from the Food Safety Modernization Act. This presentation will highlight recent developments in EMA research and tools at the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), the University of Minnesota, and United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Dr. Phelps will present the findings of a research project to assess the local retail market for fish fraud using DNA barcoding of retail fish samples combined with supply chain mapping. Dr. Moore will discuss a food fraud mitigation framework developed by USP that can be used by industry to evaluate the vulnerability of ingredients to fraud. Finally, Dr. Everstine will present two databases that catalog the history of food fraud and can be used to inform food fraud vulnerability assessments.