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Webinar Series


FPDI’s Food Protection Webinar Series is live on the first Friday of every month from 10AM-11AM CT. The webinar series highlights resources and recent research in areas related to food protection and defense. Past webinars are recorded and available online.


Preparing for and Responding to Food Security Disruptions

Global food security is threatened by a wide range of factors, including severe weather, commodity prices, and political instability. Work to address these disruptions is increasingly important given the global nature of our food supply. This webinar will feature speakers from Cargill and the World Food Programme and highlight the work of these organizations to prepare for and respond to food security disruptions.
Presenters: Mark Murphy, Global Head for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Cargill &  Arif Husain, Chief Economist and Deputy Director Policy and Programme Division, Analysis and Trends Service, World Food Programme

Intentional Contamination of Food Additives and Minor Ingredients

The possibility of intentional contamination of the food supply with a pathogen or toxic substance is a constant threat, one which businesses and governments work diligently to protect against. Because of their wide use in myriad food products, additives and other minor ingredients present a potential target for contamination that could have wide-reaching effects. However, given the small amounts in which such ingredients are typically used, it is unclear how much of a risk this tactic truly poses. This webinar will present work performed by Gryphon Scientific to assess the threat of minor ingredient contamination and identify trends in vulnerability across the food supply.

Presenter: Mark Kazmierczak, PhD, Gryphon Scientific


Data Curation at FPDI: Incidents Database and The World Factbook of Food 

Valuable data exists to support food defense efforts, but often this information is located across a large number of sources making it difficult to access. To address this challenge, the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) has developed databases and tools to curate information related to food defense.  

Presenters: John Larkin, PhD, Research Director, FPDI, Lisa Trimble, PhD, Research Associate, FPDI, Erin Mann, Project Manager, FPDI

FRIDAY, December 2, 2016 AT 10AM CT / 11AM ET

Cyber Risks: Creating an Information Sharing Community

Automation technology continues its explosive proliferation to generate better health care, faster food processing operations, and improved information sharing systems.  With these advances come side effects, such as increased adverse cyber related malfunctions, and the likelihood of targeted threats. Relying on the equipment manufacturer to prevent cyber risks is unrealistic.  A community of users greatly improves vulnerability reduction.  The webinar will present an information sharing community that was built for the health care industry, how it has been successful, and how the food industry could benefit. 

Presenter: Dr. Dale Nordenberg, Novsasano


Development of a Generic Hazard Analysis for Animal Food

The Food Safety and Modernization Act requires covered animal food production facilities to develop food safety plans that includes an analysis of hazards. This hazard analysis must consider known or reasonably foreseeable hazards. The hazard evaluation must include a number of factors, among those are an assessment of the severity of illness or injury if the hazard were to occur and the probability that the hazard will occur in the absence of preventive controls. This presentation will discuss the development of a generic hazard analysis that includes assessments of hazard severity and probability of occurrence that may be useful to animal food producers as a starting point in development facility specific hazard analyses.

Presenter: Catherine Alexander DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Veterinary Public Health Resident, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota

FRIDAY, February 3, 2017 AT 10AM CT / 11AM ET

Intentional Adulteration: Education Update

During this webinar, Capt. Jon Woody, Dr. John Larkin, and Dr. Debra Freedman will provide updates concerning Intentional Adulteration Educational Programs. Capt. Woody will give a status update on IA Curriculum Development; Dr. Larkin will give an in-depth overview of the Food Defense Readiness Assessment; and Dr. Freedman will discuss upcoming training opportunities at FPDI.

Presenters: Capt. Jon Woody, FDA & John Larkin, FPDI

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 AT 10AM CT / 11AM ET

Border-Check: A Transboundary Model for Classical Swine Fever in the United States and Canada 

Transboundary animal diseases are those of significant economic, trade or food security importance that require cooperation between countries to control. Classical Swine Fever is one of the top diseases of concern, alongside foot-and-mouth disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza. FPDI has been developing epidemic simulation models to help address research questions regarding the potential spread and subsequent control of transboundary animal diseases. This presentation will discuss results from an epidemic simulation model of Classical Swine Fever used to examine the impact of US-Canadian border closures on disease spread and trade.

Presenters: Michelle Meyer, FPDI

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017 AT 10AM CT / 11AM ET

Animal and Agriculture Emergency Response Education and Training Framework (FRAME)

The United States food and agriculture systems are vulnerable. Disease, pests, or poisonous agents that occur naturally, are unintentionally introduced, or are intentionally delivered by an act of terrorism are all possible attacks on the food supply. FPDI has created a comprehensive training framework for animal agriculture emergency responders called FRAME. This webinar will review the goals of this interactive online framework and walk attendees through the system. 

Presenters: Penny Norquist, Project Manager, FPDI & Ted Steinmann, IT Director, FPDI

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 AT 10AM CT / 11AM ET

Crowd Sourcing Information to Support Public Health Surveillance

Please join us for a one-hour webinar highlighting two innovative projects using crowd sourced information to support public health surveillance. Adam Crawley from the Skoll Global Threats Fund will share Flu Near Year - an online participatory surveillance tool that allows member of the public to complete weekly surveys to report flu symptoms. Raed Mansour from the Chicago Department of Public Health will share Foodborne Chicago - a project that uses technology to mine Twitter for tweets related to food poisoning in Chicago. 

Presenter: Adam Crawley, Research Associate, Skoll Global Threats Fund & Raed Mansour, Innovation Projects Lead, Chicago Department of Public Health