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.
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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.
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...
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...
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...
FPDI is proud to share the final report briefings of two FPDI supported projects.
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.
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.
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, 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.