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.
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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...
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.
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.