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Food and Agriculture Security

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...

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...

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...

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...

Analyzing Ingredient-Product Relationships to Enhance Traceability

Principal Investigator: 
John Ambrosiano
Ingredients commonly used within a particular group of products could potentially be targeted by terrorists to intentionally contaminate many foods simultaneously. Additionally, specialty ingredients, or those having only a few suppliers, could be preferentially chosen because of their potential to...

Application of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in Detection of Chemical and Biological Terror Agents in Food Matrices II

Principal Investigator: 
Theodore Labuza
The objectives of this continuing project are to apply, improve, and validate developed SERS immunoassays to detect real ricin and anthrax spores in milk, Both antibody and aptamer will be used as capturers. The DNA aptamer is expected to give more distinct SERS patterns compared with protein...

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