As we travel the world, we are continually impressed by the work happening in food defense across the globe. Our team has picked up best practices from global collaborations between governments, companies, and academics. We learn and are able to share food defense efforts and tools across our food defender network. This week was no different as we traveled to Beijing to work with our Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) colleagues. There is a tremendous amount of work happening here from broad and focused mitigation steps to risk analysis to identify Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA).
It was my honor to be invited to provide Food Defense training to provincial CAIQ officers and the HACCP staff. The seminar forums allowed us to have thoughtful discussions on current food defense issues and opportunities to brainstorm solutions.
This trip solidified the collaboration between NCFPD and CAIQ initiated a year ago when we signed our Memorandum of Agreement. During tours of their facilities, car trips, and unimaginably delicious dinners, we looked to the future on how our organizations can improve the protection of our food system and eliminate threats. We discussed research opportunities and have initiated scholar exchanges. In the coming year we will welcome CAIQ scholar Dr. Luo to NCFPD to work with our team on assessing EMA.
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Amy Kircher, DrPH is the Director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, A Homeland Security Center of Excellence.