The Food Protection and Defense Institute hosted ten delegates from Algeria and Turkey at the 2017 Food Defense Collaborative Exchange from September 25-29, 2017. The Collaborative Exchange provided food defense training, expertise, and technical assistance to improve each country’s national food defense program. Improving international food defense programs support global public health and promote trade and technical exchange with the United States.
Collaborative food defense exchanges build vital relationships to enhance food supply chain security, protect consumers and businesses against intentional contamination, and facilitate opening and strengthening international dialogue on food defense. The continuation and expansion of global food defense outreach directly supports national security pillars for Threat Awareness, Prevention, and Protection by engaging appropriate government officials, private sector stakeholders, and academic leaders in informational briefings, seminars, and practical training in risk assessment and food defense planning. The Collaborative Exchange provided advanced-level training for delegates previously attending in-country trainings sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS).
Dr. John Finnegan, Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, welcomed the delegations and offered opening remarks at the Collaborative Exchange. He emphasized the importance of international collaboration at the University of Minnesota and thanked FPDI for its effort in organizing the Exchange. FPDI experts developing and delivering the Exchange program and food defense content included: Dr. Amy Kircher, Dr. Jennifer van de Ligt, Dr. Deb Freedman, Col. John Hoffman, Neal Fredrickson, and Penny Norquist. Presentations from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the FBI rounded out the program.