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[WEBINAR] Intentional Contamination of Food Additives and Minor Ingredients

Friday, October 7, 2016

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.

[WEBINAR] Preparing for and Responding to Food Security Disruptions

Friday, September 9, 2016

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.

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins Visits FPDI

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Food Protection and Defense Institute was honored to host Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on August 30th, 2016 for a day of learning and collaborative thinking around food protection and defense and identifying places where our work would overlap. Ambassador Jenkins is the Department of State’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and nonproliferation. She was nominated by President Obama in April 2009 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2009.

Wolfgang Herbinger from WFP Meets with FPDI Staff

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wolfgang Herbinger, Country Director for the World Food Programme, visited with leadership and staff of the Food Protection and Defense Institute to learn more about the WFP, the supply chain and logistics of their work and Wolfgang’s many experiences in the field. 

Jennifer van de Ligt Visits China and South Korea

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Associate Director Jennifer van de Ligt was invited to present at the International Food Safety Science and Technology Development Symposium in Beijing, China as well as The 3rd International Symposium on Food and Drug Safety Emergency Response in Seoul, South Korea during the last week of August.


FPDI Hosts DHS S&T Research and Technology Transition Workshop

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Food Protection and Defense Institute hosted the DHS S&T Office of University Programs “Research & Technology Transition Summer Workshop” at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota on August 15-16.  Representatives from the twelve DHS S&T Centers of Excellence (COEs) and invited industry experts convened to discuss strategies for transiting new and emerging technologies, devices, and knowledge products to enhance homeland security operations. 

Upgrade to the EMA Incident Database to Include Intentional Adulteration

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You often hear the quote about how we need to learn from the past or we will end up repeating it, Winston Churchill’s being one of the more famous versions -  “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”  To aid in our learning from the past, for a number of years now FPDI...

FPDI Announces Content Expert Bench

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Much like a baseball team has its bench of expert players prepared to make the game winning play for its team, The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) has created a bench of Content Experts ready to help make FPDI a game-changing Institute. 

The current team includes Jonathan W....

Dr. Andrew Robinson of CEBRA Visits FPDI

Friday, June 3, 2016

On June 1st, 2016 the staff of the Food Protection and Defense Institute met with Dr. Andrew Robinson, Deputy Director of The Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA). Dr. Robinson presented an overview of the structure and portfolio of CEBRA. The various case studies and biosecurity concerns faced by Andrew and his team at CEBRA were very relatable and similar to those FPDI has seen.  

[Webinar] FPDI Detection Method Assessment Tool for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Agents

Friday, June 3, 2016

Food is a particularly vulnerable target to adulteration due to its broad and complex distribution system. Numerous detection methods exist to measure the presence of chemical, biological, and radiological agents in food and the field is ever-changing. The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) has developed a tool to assess detection methods based on the agent type, intended usage, and twenty-three performance attributes.