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A Minute of Silence for the Environmental Health Community

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Food Protection and Defense Institute will be observing a minute of silence at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 9th for those who were affected by the tragic events in San Bernardino. The December 2nd shootings at a meeting for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health took the lives of those who had dedicated their careers to environmental health, a community of people that FPDI has worked closely with for the past 11 years. Harry Bowman, a former researcher at one of FPDI's sister centers -- the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), was also a victim of this tragedy. We hope you will join us during Wednesday's minute of silence, which will be in solidarity with the environmental health community that will be observing the minute of silence across the nation.

[Webinar] Portable Devices for Food Safety Advancement

Monday, December 7, 2015

With an increasingly globalized market, U.S. FDA researchers have been investigating portable devices to allow for sample analysis and triage outside traditional laboratory settings in order to improve safety of consumer products. While portable devices are more established in the pharmaceutical arena, their use in evaluation of foods and dietary supplements is increasing. This presentation will focus on our work in evaluating instrumentation (Raman and near-infrared spectroscopies) and developing detection methods for skim milk powder authentication and adulteration.

Meet FPDI: Penny Norquist

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Penny Norquist has recently joined our growing research team as a project manager. Her work is currently focused in 2 main areas: agent detection capabilities and training framework applications.

Save the Date: The Food Defense Conference 2016

Monday, November 30, 2015

Leading the way to a safe and secure food supply.
As the food supply is becoming increasingly more global, defending our food supply is more important than ever.  Join the Food Protection and Defense Institute on June 29-30, 2016 for The Food Defense Conference in Minneapolis, MN to create solutions that will lead to a safe, abundant food supply for all.

Global Defense: Building Resilience in Disaster Response Systems

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By Amy Kircher, DrPH and Erin Mann

We recently returned from a whirlwind, 8-day trip to Sierra Leone and Rome as part of the “Building Resilience in Disaster Response Systems” project. Funded by the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, FPDI has partnered with the Logistics Cluster of the World Food Program (WFP) to improve medical supply chain visibility, both upstream (manufacturers / suppliers) and downstream (distribution). The partnership with WFP was launched in earnest this month when WFP invited us to Sierra Leone to observe downstream operations in an Ebola-affected region and then on to Rome for several working sessions at WFP headquarters.

[Webinar] Lessons Learned from the 2014/2015 H5 Avian Influenza Outbreak - December 4, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

The H5 avian influenza outbreak in the United States has been the largest animal health emergency in the country's history and has had far reaching effects on poultry producers, communities, and food processors. This presentation will discuss what has been learned from research efforts to understand the factors that contributed to the scale of this outbreak and implications for biosecurity and business continuity moving forward.

Meet FPDI: Natallia Pintusava

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Natallia Pintusava is a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Minnesota who works on our Economically Motivated Adulteration projects. A large portion of her work at the Institute is dedicated to research on global EMA incidents and keeping the EMA incidents database up-to-date. Natallia has always been passionate about food and keeping the food system safe and reliable for consumers.

Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Research Teams

Monday, November 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) is open to all full-time faculty teaching in a HS-STEM discipline related to a DHS Research Area at a MSI with plans to continue research at that same MSI during the 2016-2017 academic school year. 

Food Protection Message - October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

1080. Most people when they hear this number are going to think that you are talking about the resolution of your TV.  For those in New Zealand this number can provoke a very different reaction – anger and disbelief.  A year ago this month a terrorist(s) threatened Fonterra and Federated Farmers Inc. with contamination of their infant formula with 1080—the potent rodenticide—if they didn’t convince the New Zealand government to stop using the rodenticide by March of 2015.  New Zealand has used 1080 to control their non-indigenous population of possums and other invasive rodents for a number of years.  It is also used in the U.S. to protect sheep and goats from coyotes.

FPDI Director Featured in UMN Driven to Discover Campaign

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Food Protection and Defense Institute’s Director, Dr. Amy Kircher, is featured in the University of Minnesota’s new Driven to Discover campaign. The 2015 campaign highlights a number of UMN researchers who are focused on changing the world. Other featured researchers include Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Blood & Marrow Transplantation; Dr. Keith Mayes, African American & African Studies; and Dr. David Mulla, Soil, Water & Climate. Make sure to check out all of the videos and pages to see how the University of Minnesota is Driven to Discover.

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