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[WEBINAR] Development of a Generic Hazard Analysis for Animal Food

Friday, January 13, 2017

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.

FPDI Hosts Food Defense Collaborative Exchange

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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 FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule: Dependent upon Past, Present, and Future Collaboration

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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.   

NACCHO Research Report: Information Sharing

Monday, December 12, 2016

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.

[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...