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Jennifer van de Ligt Visits China and South Korea

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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.


FPDI Hosts DHS S&T Research and Technology Transition Workshop

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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. 

Upgrade to the EMA Incident Database to Include Intentional Adulteration

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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...

FPDI Announces Content Expert Bench

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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....

Dr. Andrew Robinson of CEBRA Visits FPDI

Friday, June 3, 2016

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.  

[Webinar] FPDI Detection Method Assessment Tool for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Agents

Friday, June 3, 2016

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. 

Brown Bag Series 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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 Submits Final Report on Food Industry Cybersecurity Summit

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.