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Research Spotlight: Advancing SERS to a Field Technology for Food Defense

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This project transitions previously funded laboratory-based Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic (SERS) research to a field ready technology for rapid and reliable detection of toxins and pathogens in food.  An innovative sample preparation technique and evaluation procedure has been developed for use with a handheld Raman instrument for detection outside of the laboratory.

Meet NCFPD: Jessica La Forest, Project Manager

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jessica La Forest is the project manager that oversees many of our IT projects. She manages 10 projects to include portals and sites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Research Spotlight: NCFPD Information Sharing Research 2014-15

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Information sharing is essential in identifying and mitigating threats against the homeland and in minimizing adverse health and economic consequences in response to food safety and defense events.  The concept is simple, however sharing of information demands resources and is often challenged by the technical, legal, and political barriers.  NCFPD is currently conducting research in three areas to facilitate improved information sharing among the individuals, agencies, and companies.

Meet NCFPD: Jenni Sullivan, Human Resources Manager

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jenni Sullivan is currently NCFPD’s Human Resources Manager. Jenni started at NCFPD in an administrative role 8 years ago while the Center was still on the Minneapolis campus. Her roles continued to shift and evolve on the operations team and she is now working specifically in human resources due to our rapid staffing growth and ever-expanding resource needs.

FOOD FRAUD: Food Safety, Authenticity and Global Supply Chain Integrity

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Intentional deception using food for economic gain, or food fraud, has been an ongoing challenge for the food and drink industry since the beginning of time. However, as the global supply chain continues to grow, and becomes more and more complex, so too do the stakes for everyone linked to this chain from manufacturers, retailers, and raw ingredient suppliers to regulators and the consumer.

[Webinar] FPDI Education Initiatives

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Based on cutting-edge research and current best practices, FPDI's education agenda offers curriculum innovation, workforce training programs, and undergraduate and graduate opportunities to increase awareness of food defense on a global scale, enhance the skill set of our current workforce, and train the next generation of food defense workers. Our intention is to help industry, government agencies, and educators realize and reduce the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain in an effort to mitigate potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of attacks to our food supply. In this webinar presenters will highlight FPDI Curriculum Initiatives, Workforce Training, and Student Opportunities. - See more at:

Food Defense at the Gordon Research Conference

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
We invite you to participate in the 2015 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Chemical and Biological Terrorism Defense. The conference will be held March 8-13, 2015, at the 4 Points Sheraton, Ventura, CA. NCFPD has organized a session on food...

Meet NCFPD: Erin Mann, MPH, Project Manager

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Erin Mann, MPH is a project manager with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. She primarily works on the Focused Integration of Data for Early Signals (FIDES) project and provides support to other projects such as CRISTAL and the Center’s Emerging Issues work on Ebola.