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Food Protection Webinar Series

Webinar - Authentication and Traceability of Adulterated Foods Using Isotope Analysis Techniques - June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

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.

Webinar - Detection of Food-Borne Pathogens - May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

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.

Webinar - The 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Overview Briefing - January 9, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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.

Webinar - Food and Agriculture Sector Cargo Theft: A Growing National Problem - October 10, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

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.

Webinar - Food Defense Plan Builder - August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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. 

Webinar - Food Waste: The Antithesis of the Triple Bottom Line - June 6, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

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.

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