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Food Protection Message - June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It seems to be the lead story once per week – “Cyber attack! Data systems breached; your information may have been compromised”. The story parallels Groundhog Day with new companies and agencies becoming the latest victims each week. Trustwave, a cyber security company, in its annual 2014 report on cyber trends the world over, reported that in 2014 the Food and Beverage Industry is the second most attacked sector with 18% of global incidents. 

Global Food Defense: Brazil

Monday, June 29, 2015

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense delivered a full day food defense awareness training in collaboration with the Brazilian non-profit industrial training organization, SENAI FIESC, in Florianópolis, Brazil on June 24, 2015. The course kicked off SENAI’s 4th International Food Safety Workshop, a multi-day event supported by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). Erin Mann, Project Manager, and Neal Fredrickson, Assistant Curriculum Coordinator, teamed up to deliver the course.

Crossing the Road: Modeling Avian Influenza Outbreaks

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

By Tim Boyer, PhD, Epidemiologist, National Center for Food Protection and Defense

The ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak illustrates the vulnerability of the United States food and agriculture system to transboundary animal diseases. As of May 28, 2015, the disease has been confirmed in 197 poultry operations in 15 states. Approximately 45 million birds have been affected, comprising 10% of the country’s laying hens and 8% of turkeys.

Webinar - Detection of Food-Borne Pathogens - May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

This work describes Dr. Mukundan's team's efforts to detect bacterial pathogens with sensitivity and specificity in complex samples such as beef. The use of unique, sensitive biosensor platforms and tailor made assays to target lipidic signatures in an aqueous background will be described specifically for shiga toxin carrying E.coli in the beef chain.

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.

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