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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Food and Agriculture Sector Cargo Theft: A Growing National Problem

Friday October 10, 2014
10 AM - 11 AM CT

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.

Presented By:
John T. Hoffman, Col., USA, Ret.
Senior Research Fellow
National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Facilitated By:
Amy Kircher, Dr.P.H.
Director
National Center for Food Protection and Defense

 

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This complimentary presentation is part of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense's Research & Resources in Food Protection Webinar Series.

Please contact Kendra McCormack at mccor145@umn.edu for more information.