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.
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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...
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.
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.
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.
The Food Protection and Defense Institute hosted ten representatives from Saudi Arabian government, academia, law enforcement, and food industry at the 2016 Food Defense Collaborative Exchange from December 5-9, 2016. The Collaborative Exchange provided food defense training, expertise, and...
The publication of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule aimed at preventing intentional adulteration (IA rule) from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health is a major step forward in our collective efforts to safeguard the food supply. For more than a decade, industry, academia, trade associations, and government partners have collaboratively assessed the vulnerabilities of the food supply and identified strategies to mitigate those vulnerabilities. The results of this collaboration have formed the fundamental underpinnings of the IA rule’s requirements, including, but not limited to, food defense plans, vulnerability assessments, mitigation strategies, and food defense training.
The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) was awarded a grant from the Food Protection and Defense Institution (FPDI) to research current threat information sharing techniques and barriers still hindering optimal information sharing among the public and private sectors within the Food and Agriculture Sector.