Food and agriculture is one of the nation’s critical infrastructure and the food companies comprising it are no less dependent upon IT and ICS resources- and threatened by attacks upon them- than are the other critical infrastructure sectors. To assess the state of food industry cybersecurity, the Food Protection and Defense Institute convened the Food Industry Cybersecurity Summit in Washington D.C. on March 15-16, 2016. At this meeting, nearly 40 participants from the food industry, government, and academia gathered for presentations, robust discussions, and brainstorming and ranking exercise to 1) improve understanding of the cyber threats and risks facing the food industry, 2) identify knowledge gaps, and 3) determine actions the industry and companies can take to address them.
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John Larkin received the Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University during the College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet on May 7th, 2016. Dr. Larkin was also honored at the College’s Spring Commencement on May 8th...
Amy Kircher, DrPH, Director of FPDI received the Sent Forth Award from her Alma Mater, Concordia College, on April 29th 2016.
The Sent Forth award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves early in their careers and service to others. For graduates of less then 20...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.