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Strengthened Food and Agricultural Sector Defense Posture through Improved Private Sector Information Sharing

Principal Investigator: 
Jennifer Li
The Food and Agriculture Sector (FAS), composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems largely under private ownership and relied upon for domestic and international food production, is at risk of natural threats or unintentional and intentional manmade contamination or attack...

Modeling Health Care Surge Capacity Requirements during an Intentional Attack on the Food Supply

Principal Investigator: 
Emma Hartnett
Intentional attacks on the food supply can potentially have catastrophic impacts on the health of the population. In localized events the ability to expand health care to sudden, and potentially prolonged, demand is of great concern. Building upon the project team's previous experience in...

Social Media Constraints and Opportunities Case Studies and Industry White Paper Project

Principal Investigator: 
Michael Palenchar
Social media is the number one use on the Internet, offering an opportunity to take advantage of the power of social media to reduce the consequences of food-related events, while gaining a better understanding of the psychological and social aspects of stakeholders’ relationships to such events...

Psychological and Social Dimensions of Audience Receptivity to Risk Messages

Principal Investigator: 
Robert Littlefield
Problem Addressed: Risk communication warns individuals of potential crises in an effort to mitigate harms. We know that individuals do not heed warnings and often experience devastating effects. While definitions of exist in the literature, they reflect a managerial perspective. This ethnocentric...

Food Industry Challenges to " Best Practices" Risk Communication

Principal Investigator: 
Jennifer McEntire
This proposal seeks to determine the key challenges and issues faced by the food industry when using the ""best practices"" developed by the NCFPD Risk Communication Theme. We hypothesize that legal and other business hurdles may prevent the application of some of the best...

Characterizing the Potential Use of Consumer Complaints Surveillance for the Early Detection of Foodborne Illness Events

Principal Investigator: 
Craig Hedberg
Rapid detection of foodborne illness events remains a challenging activity that has important implications for response and recovery efforts. The recent large scale outbreaks involving a myriad of food items such as peanuts, peanut butter, tomatoes, and peppers, illustrate of the challenges of...


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