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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.

Food Defense Certification Course

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Food Protection and Defense Institute will be hosting a Food Defense Certification Course that will equip your company with the knowledge and skills to: • Foresee Food Defense Threats and Vulnerabilities • Protect Your Brand from Intentional Adulteration • Prepare for Upcoming Regulations

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.