Through this project, risk-based research will be conducted to characterize the threat that wildlife trade poses to the food supply and the opportunities it poses for criminal and terrorist activities impacting the United States. The research proposes to develop a capability to prioritize risk based on pathways posing the highest threat.
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The Virtual Integrated Real-Time User Analytics (VIRTUAL) tool generates simulated food supply chain data for use with other food defense models to better understand the dynamics of the global supply chain. The tool provides a virtual feedback look to any food defense or traceability model by...
The Food Safety Modernization Act requires that a vulnerability assessment of the food system be conducted, including biological, chemical, radiological or other risk assessments. Our goal is to develop a web-based food-processing vulnerability assessment tool for microbial attack agents, capable of providing quantitative estimates that directly measure risk and vulnerability using public-health based metrics. This tool should be generic in nature, enabling application to multiple food systems.
This project conducted a comprehensive assessment of fish substitution in the Minnesota retail marketplace by (1) sampling 4 species at retail and performing DNA barcode analysis to evaluate the authenticity of labeling, (2) documenting the supply chain for each fish sample, and (3) performing a qualitative assessment of regulatory, retail, and consumer knowledge and opinions of fish fraud. The results can inform evidence-based policy making and public health efforts.
This project transitions previously funded laboratory-based Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic (SERS) research to a field ready technology for rapid and reliable detection of toxins and pathogens in food. An innovative sample preparation technique and evaluation procedure has been developed for use with a handheld Raman instrument for detection outside of the laboratory.
Information sharing is essential in identifying and mitigating threats against the homeland and in minimizing adverse health and economic consequences in response to food safety and defense events. The concept is simple, however sharing of information demands resources and is often challenged by the technical, legal, and political barriers. NCFPD is currently conducting research in three areas to facilitate improved information sharing among the individuals, agencies, and companies.
This project introduces protocol efficiencies and completes validation of a simple, economical, and portable DNA-based biosensor. This biosensor detection system will perform sensitive, rapid, PCR-independent detection of foodborne pathogens within food matrices both in lab and field settings.
This innovation represents an application of Raman spectrometry as a standoff detection tool for sampling adulterants in food from a safe, non-contact distance of 1-10 meters. The technology has the potential to be important for field and forensic applications for foods requiring a minimal sample preparation protocol.