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[WEBINAR] Cybersecurity and the Food Industry

Friday, December 2, 2016

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. 


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

Friday, November 4, 2016

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.  Please join us for a one-hour webinar highlighting the recently updated FPDI Incidents Database which now includes both Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) and Intentional Adulteration (IA) incidents as well as a collection of new information about individual incidents. The webinar will also introduce the World Factbook of Food - a recently launched resource that provides a wide range of information related to food safety and food defense for individual food products and countries. 

Food Defense: Prepare, Respond, Recover

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Researchers from the Food Protection and Defense Institute will be teaching VMED 5920 at the University of Minnesota this spring. Graduate and professional students are encouraged to register for this course to learn about the basic principles of preparedness, response, and recovery in relation to a food incident. The instructors will also be discussing timely food defense events that occur during the semester.

Research Spotlight: Application of OIE Risk Analysis Framework to Formal and Informal Trade for Assessing Threats to US National Food Security - Phase I

Monday, October 31, 2016

Through this project, risk-based research will be conducted to characterize the threat that wildlife trade poses to the food supply and the opportunities it poses for criminal and terrorist activities impacting the United States. The research proposes to develop a capability to prioritize risk based on pathways posing the highest threat.

Research Spotlight: Virtual Integrated Real-Time User Analytics (VIRTUAL) Tool

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Virtual Integrated Real-Time User Analytics (VIRTUAL) tool generates simulated food supply chain data for use with other food defense models to better understand the dynamics of the global supply chain. The tool provides a virtual feedback look to any food defense or traceability model by...

FPDI Participates in Week Long Innovation Boot Camp with WFP

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dr. Amy Kircher and Erin Mann recently returned home from participating in a week long “boot camp” at the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator in Munich. FPDI has collaborated with WFP and other organizations over the past year on a project to improve medical supply chain visibility...

FPDI Attends Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dr. Kircher participated in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of the NGO team in October. FPDI tools and capabilities in support of the GHSA action packages were presented. Specifically presented was the...

[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.