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Development and Implementation of a Graduate Certification of Completion Program in Food Protection and Defense

Principal Investigator: 
Abbey Nutsch
The objective of this project is to establish and implement an NCFPD multi-institutional, interdisciplinary graduate education program in food protection and defense. This Graduate Education Program will include a graduate certificate of completion in food protection and defense that leverages...

Risk Mitigation and Food Supply Chain Design and Control

Principal Investigator: 
Alan Erera
This project has two broad aims. The first is to develop improved risk analysis methods for quantifying the vulnerability of a food product supply chain that may be used by an adversary to deliver a chemical or biological agent. The second aim is to create new food supply chain design and control...

Validation of Agent Inactivation and Isolation from Food Systems

Principal Investigator: 
Alvin Lee
Validation of a process needed to eliminate a microbiological or chemical hazard in food can be difficult. Processing technologies that have shown efficacy in eliminating a hazard under laboratory conditions, usually under well controlled parameters, may not be effective against the threat agent...

Modeling Sampling Strategies for Detecting Intentional Contamination of Imported Food Systems

Principal Investigator: 
Randall Singer
Significant quantities of fresh and frozen food are imported into the U.S. each year. In particular, fruits, vegetables and seafood are imported from countries around the world, and once these products arrive into the U.S., they are broadly distributed and either consumed directly or used as...

Inactivation of Microbial Agents with High Concentrations of Industrial Sanitizers

Principal Investigator: 
Katherine Swanson
This study evaluated the effectiveness of currently available chemical biocides against Bacillus anthracis spores and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis (as a surrogate for Y. pestis) on clean and soiled stainless steel surfaces. Information on the effect of available biocides on the above organisms is...

Statistical Risk Metrics using Extreme Value Theory

Principal Investigator: 
Hamid Mohtadi
This project consisted of three parts. First, we developed a new dataset on criminal/terrorist activities involving the use of chemical, biological or radionuclear (CBRN) agents on a global scale over the past 40 years. These include agents that would be the likely candidates to be used for any...

Toxin/Pathogen Inactivation and Disposal of Intentionally Contaminated Foods

Principal Investigator: 
Craig Benson
Information is currently lacking regarding methods to safely dispose of food, packaging, and related materials contaminated with a variety of pathogenic or toxic agents. One of the goals of this oneyear pilot project is to document the state of knowledge concerning microorganisms and toxins...

A Systematic Approach for the Detection of Bioterrorism Agents in Complex Sample Matrices

Principal Investigator: 
Lee Ann Jaykus
The purpose of this project was to develop selective ligands (peptide and nucleic acid) to facilitate pre-analytical capture and subsequent detection of priority pathogens and bioagents (ricin B chain and B. anthracis spores) in foods. Twenty peptides displaying affinity to ricin B chain have been...

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