Is it possible to verify label claims that your honey contains no added sugar, your vanilla is all natural, and your steak was grass-fed? Analysis of a food item for its characteristic stable isotope "signature" can be used to distinguish chemically identical materials and provide quantitative information about the food item's growth or manufacture.
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Food Protection Webinar Series
This work describes Dr. Mukundan's team's efforts to detect bacterial pathogens with sensitivity and specificity in complex samples such as beef. The use of unique, sensitive biosensor platforms and tailor made assays to target lipidic signatures in an aqueous background will be described specifically for shiga toxin carrying E.coli in the beef chain.
The authors summarize their findings related to risk communication in the food industry. They provide recommendations for message content, structure, and timing during food recalls and other high risk events involving food and water.
The Homeland Security Act requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), a comprehensive examination of the homeland security strategy of the Nation, including recommendations regarding the long-term strategy and priorities of the Nation for homeland security; and guidance on the programs, assets, capabilities, budget, policies, and authorities of DHS. This briefing will discuss the findings of the 2nd QHSR, which was delivered to Congress on June 19, 2014.
This presentation will be devoted to current and likely food safety related challenges to the global supply chain and the tools at our disposal to mitigate the inevitable risks.
A dramatic shift has occurred in the profile of cargo thefts. For the first time in the U.S., the top commodity stolen during the first quarter of 2014 was food! Because food can be resold quickly for around 70 cents on the dollar, it has become a rapid path to substantial cash for criminal elements to include terrorist supporting groups seeking to fund terrorist activities. These activities present substantial brand theft to the original producers of the product, the potential risks to consumers, particularly those most likely to purchase low cost foods. The practice is adding to the already burdensome work load of public health and law enforcement investigators, the growing cost of the thefts to industry is raising the price of food for everyone and, perhaps even more disturbing, is that the success of recent criminal acts is begetting new players in organized crime and, very likely, interest on the part of new players in radical organizations.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff gave an overview on the main components of the Food Defense Plan Builder Tool, a user-generated software program designed to assist owners and operators of food facilities with developing personalized food defense plans for their facilities. This user-friendly tool harnesses existing FDA tools, guidance, and resources for food defense into one single application.
This project is focused on food defense at the retail level and was funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The object of the study was to demonstrate how easy it is to impersonate a government official and enter food shops to gain free access to non-public areas.
The issue of food waste is not a new topic among sustainability professionals, but it has just recently been gaining increased attention from government agencies, media and the general public. Stresses on food production systems due to multiple social, economic and environmental factors have revealed alarming statistics about the amount, causes and consequences of wasted food in the US and globally. This presentation will dive into the food waste problem and share information about the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a unique industry collaboration working to address this problem.