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.
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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....
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.
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.
Threat Assessment in Food Defense
The Food Protection and Defense Institute is focused on protecting the global food supply through research, education, and the delivery of innovative solutions. The Brown Bag Series will present the many tools developed by FPDI to addess threats to our food supply. Each 1-hour series will allow 40 minutes to presenters and 20 minutes for Q&A. Invited attendees may attend one, two, three, or all four series presentations and certificates of completion are avaliable.
FPDI recently participated in International Law Enforcement Symposium: Impact of Chemical and Biological Agents on Food Defense. Co-organized by the FBI and INTERPOL, the symposium was attended by 110 representatives from law enforcement and regulatory agencies from 25 member countries who...