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Commercialization for Focused Integration of Data for Early Signals (FIDES)

Principal Investigator: 
Amy Kircher
Regulated food products are distributed through global supply chains and are comprised of multiple complex systems to move food from farm to fork. Due to the nature of these systems, rapid and ongoing identification of possible risks are an ongoing challenge. Threats to food products come in many...

Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) Phase 4

Principal Investigator: 
Karen Everstine
Numerous economically motivated adulteration (EMA) incidents have resulted in public health consequences, including deaths. EMA incidents demonstrate a loss of control over the supply chains for food products. This hampers food safety efforts, and also demonstrates gaps that could be exploited for...

Fishy business: Economically motivated adulteration of fish in Minnesota retails markets

Principal Investigator: 
Nicholas Phelps
Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) or food fraud involving seafood (often called "fish fraud") is of significant and widespread concern. Numerous reports have indicated the rate of fraud, specifically for species substitution, in the United States ranges between 25-50% of products...

Validation of Gold Nanoparticle DNA-based Biosensors for the Detection of Non-PCR Amplified Bacterial Food Borne Pathogens in Food Matrices

Principal Investigator: 
Sylvia Vetrone
Since the intentional distribution of Bacillus anthracis spores through the US postal system in 2001, the prospect of bioterrorism in food, water, and agriculture has identified critical needs in prevention, protection, and mitigation for homeland security. Towards that end, we recently...

Vulnerability Assessment of Critical Food Additives

Principal Investigator: 
Margaret Rush
The overall objective of this study is to assess vulnerability of the food supply to introduction of a chemical or biological contaminant through a food additive. To our knowledge, no group has performed a vulnerability assessment that considers the intentional contamination of food additives. The...

Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response: Assessing the Legal Framework for Interagency Sharing of Information

Principal Investigator: 
Kerry Wyss
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and its members are uniquely positioned to investigate and identify processes for improving information sharing among state, territorial, and local health agencies and the federal government. Incorporated in 1942, ASTHO is the...

Advancing SERS to field technology for food defense application

Principal Investigator: 
Lili He
The use of biological and chemical toxins as terror agents on the food supply could cause catastrophic consequences to public health and severe economic impact. However, an analytical method that can rapidly detect these agents in dynamic food chains is lacking. Previously, we received NCFPD...

Development of a Quantitative Food Supply Vulnerability Tool Exploring Public Health Risks

Principal Investigator: 
Emma Hartnett
The FSMA (2011) Section 106 requires that a vulnerability assessment of the food system be conducted, including biological, chemical, radiological, or other risk assessments. While defining vulnerability, DHS (2010) noted that a practical measure is the "likelihood that an attack is successful...

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