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[Webinar] Information Sharing: A Critical Component to Protecting the Food Supply

Friday, May 6, 2016

With natural and man-made global threats to our food system no one organization – public or private – can have full awareness of all the threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents that could cause devastating health harm and economic loss from a food system disruption. There is little doubt that sharing information can and has mitigated consequences of natural or intentional contamination. This webinar presents research results on information sharing within the government, from the government to industry, and within the industry.

Good Luck & Congratulations to our FPDI Graduates

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Food Protection and Defense Institute would like to extend a special thank you and congratualtions to all of our graduating students for their hard work and dedication to protecting our food supply. 

Meet the Staff at FPDI: The Ebola Project Team

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Food Protection and Defense Institute was awarded a $1 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Ebloa program in October 2015 to apply FPDI-developed technology solutions designed for food system disruption prediction and response to disease outbreak prediction and response. Lincoln Wells, Eva Weingartl and Rahul Anand are the graduate assistants on the Ebola team here at FPDI.

Nicole Lane Presents CES Feedback to DHS S&T Directors Meeting

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Students from various Centers of Excellence traveled to the Consumer Electronic Show in January to evaluate upcoming technologies as they could be applied to the specific need of the center that they represent. 

In April these technologies were presented to the Under Secretary of Science and Technology for DHS as well as the center directors. There were three evaluated technologies that have possible application in the areas on interest for the Food Protection and Defense Institute which were presented by Nicole Lane, a workforce development student.

Its Here! Food Defense Readiness Assessment 1.0

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The expected FDA Intentional Adulteration Final Rule is only a few months away!

The Food Protection and Defense Institute has developed a facility-based self-assessment tool addressing key food defense components of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and proposed and final rules. 

Larkin to Receive Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Food Safety Magazine announced this week that John Larkin, Ph.D., will receive the magazine's Distinguished Service Award at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 31–August 3 in St. Louis, MO. Larkin, currently the research director at the University of Minnesota’s Food Protection and Defense Institute, will be presented with the award during the IAFP awards reception and banquet on Wednesday, August 3.

2016-17 FPDI Open Call for White Papers

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) is accepting exploratory white paper submissions for research and transition projects pending availability of external partner funding in 2016 and beyond.

[Webinar] A Look at the Current Cyber Threat Landscape (and how it can affect the food industry)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Cyber security threats present critical risks to all organizations. This talk will characterize and discuss the current cyber threat landscape and then discuss how such threats can impact the manufacturing and food industries in particular. We will discuss different classes of threat actors, including both internal and external threats. We will then discuss best practices and safeguards that audience members should employ both personally and professionally.

Food for Thought- Food Fraud: Grated Parmesan Cheese

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Food fraud, also called economically motivated adulteration (EMA), is the deliberate adulteration or misrepresentation of foods or food ingredients for economic gain. News regarding the adulteration of grated parmesan cheese using fillers such as wood pulp is just one case of food fraud in the...

Cybersecurity in the Food Industry

Friday, March 25, 2016

Posted by: John Larkin, PhD- Research Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

FPDI hosted a two-day Summit last week with 40+ individuals across government, industry, and academia. The focus of the Summit was Cybersecurity in the Food Industry. We discussed current practices...

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