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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...

CCICADA Announces Mathematical and Computational Tools for Cyber Security Workshop

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The CCICADA Summer Reconnect Workshops expose faculty teaching undergraduates to the role of the mathematical and computer sciences in homeland security and provide an opportunity to researchers in government or industry to learn about recent material in various areas. Topics are presented in a...

[Webinar] U.S. and the Global Trade in Wildlife - February 5, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

To enhance understanding of the potential health and security risks associated with global trade in wildlife and characterize the participation of the US in such trade, EcoHealth Alliance ( has been collecting data and analyzing global wildlife trade (GWT) over the past decade. GWT involves international trade of billions of individual animals and their products through a range of market chains that vary in source, trader and consumer identity, geographical pathway of movement, as well as purpose and legality. This presentation will cover information gathered through the above described efforts and briefly address potential associated concerns.

Research Spotlight: Food Supply Vulnerability Tool

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires that a vulnerability assessment of the food system be conducted, including biological, chemical, radiological or other risk assessments. Our goal is to develop a web-based food-processing vulnerability assessment tool for microbial attack agents, capable of providing quantitative estimates that directly measure risk and vulnerability using public-health based metrics. This tool should be generic in nature, enabling application to multiple food systems.