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EMA Database and Portal

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Principal Investigator: 
Karen Everstine
PI Organization: 
National Center for Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota
Start Date: 
July, 2014
End Date: 
June, 2015
Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) of food is a threat to food protection and defense. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires heightened efforts on the part of industry and others for prevention of all hazards along the food supply chain, including EMA. NCFPD and United States Pharmacopeia have each built databases to help mitigate the threat of EMA. These are the only t wo publicly available databases targeted specifically at records of EMA in food products. These databases catalog past EMA incidents, known adulterants, and analytical a methodologies that can be used to detect EMA in food products. This project proposes to merge the two EMA databases into one enhanced online EMA database that can be used by stak eholders in regulatory agencies, industry, and academia. This database will provide superior abilities to search EMA records and elicit relevant information about past incidents and analytical methodologies. The information in this proposed database can also inform efforts at EMA risk assessment. As a second objective, this project proposes the creation of an online "EMA Portal" that will house links to all current EMA tools, resources, and research efforts around the wasdf eb. This portal will facilitate access by stakeholders to these valuable EMA tools and other resources. This will help industry meet FSMA requirements through informing their vulnerability assessments, thereby helping to mitigate EMA vulnerability in our food supply chains.
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