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State and Local Regulatory Agencies

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...

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...

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...

Training for Restoration Planning: How to develop a Recovery Plan for Food Processors after an Intentional Contamination Event

Principal Investigator: 
Mark Cosby
Food processors are well versed in the aspects of preparedness, prevention, and response to contamination and product recalls through Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training, and interactions with federal, state, and local regulatory...

Food Product Tracing Technology Capabilities and Interoperability

Principal Investigator: 
Tejas Bhatt; Jennifer (Previous PI) McEntire
Despite the best efforts of food safety professionals, contaminated food continues to enter the food supply. It is imperative that contaminated food be removed from the supply chain as quickly as possible to protect public health and stabilize markets. In addition to findings highlighted in the...

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...

Heat Inactivation Kinetics of Spores and Toxins in Liquid Milk

Principal Investigator: 
Theodore Labuza
The goal of this project was the development of an easy to achieve thermal process (with or without added biocides) capable of inactivating B. anthracis spores and ricin in intentionally adulterated foods so as to dispose of them to minimize their release to the environment. In the event of a...
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