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[WEBINAR] Crowd Sourcing Information to Support Public Health Surveillance

Friday, May 5, 2017

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. 

John Larkin Featured in April Quality Assurance Magazine

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cyber attacks are an ever increasing threat to organizations and the food industry is not immune. FPDI's Research Director, Dr. John Larkin, is featured in the April issue of the Quality Assurance Magazine to highlight recent cyber attacks, reasons for an increase in attacks, and how to enhance...

Agro-Terrorism - Animal Nutrition Sector Needs to Be Prepared

Friday, April 7, 2017
Great interview and insight on the threat of agro-terrorism to the animal feed sector. Agro-terrorism concerns in the feed sector are similar to those in the food processing and animal production sectors.  Holistic, coordinated, and proactive policy, legislation, and industry engagement and...

[WEBINAR] Animal and Agriculture Emergency Response Education and Training Framework (FRAME)

Friday, April 7, 2017

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. 

Providing Opportunities for the Nation’s Future Emergency Response Workforce

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Providing opportunities for the nation’s future emergency response workforce is a priority for FPDI. Working in conjunction with Saint Paul Public School District Career and Technical Education Teachers in association with Emergency Responders in Minneapolis Minnesota, FPDI hosted a food defense...

FPDI Students Present Research on Infectious Disease Surveillance Systems

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In collaboration with the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF), FPDI facilitated a workshop on novel infectious disease surveillance systems last month in Boston, MA. As part of the workshop, FPDI graduate research assistants, Emily Smith and Jackie Logan, presented the results of data analyses they...

US Expert to Host a Course on Food Fraud Prevention

Thursday, March 30, 2017

As 12 people accused of making and selling fake branded baby milk powder in China are on trial in Shanghai, a course on food fraud prevention has been organised to assist New Zealand exporters. The full day Intentional Adulteration course is being run alongside the 2017 Food Integrity Conference, to help food producers develop strategies to guard against acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to consumers and ruin brand reputation. Dr Amy Kircher Director Food Protection and Defense Institute, which is a United States of America Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is an internationally recognised expert on Food Adulteration and will lead the course in Auckland in June.

Dr. Frank Busta to Receive IFT Myron Solberg Award

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dr. Frank Busta, Director Emeritus for FPDI, will receive the 2017 Myron Solberg Award during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The Solberg award is for individuals that demonstrate excellence in leadership and have had a major influence in the...

[WEBINAR] Crossborder/Swine Disease Spread

Friday, March 3, 2017

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.