Mitigating Risk and Rapidly Identifying Food System Disruptions
Disruptions to the nation’s food supply result in an average loss of $10-$15 billion per year, affecting 10% of all commercially sold food. (CRS, 2014)
Food companies are using two technologies developed by FPDI, the Criticality Spatial Analysis (CRISTAL) tool and Focused Integration of Data for Early Signals (FIDES) tool, to address real-world industry challenges related to food production and adulteration.
Closing Vulnerabilities at Food Production Facilities
Adulteration of the food supply can result in economic loss, illness, or even death. Contaminated food in the United States causes approximately 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually, costing the Nation more than $77.7 billion a year. (Scharff RL, 2012)
FPDI has developed several software tools, including the Food Adulteration Incidents Registry (FAIR), the Intentional Adulteration Assessment Tool (IAAT), and the Food Defense Readiness Assessment (FDRA), that allow firms to prepare for intentional adulteration.
Expanding Knowledge to Aid Pandemic Relief Efforts
The 2014 Ebola epidemic resulted in 11,316 confirmed deaths and cost an estimated $2.2 billion in lost economic productivity. (WHO, 2017)
FPDI has expanded its research to include global pandemic supply chains through an award from the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program. This effort leverages FPDI research and technology originally developed to address food supply chains challenges during public health emergencies.
Educating the Future Emergency Response Workforce
The health and safety of our nation relies on a strong emergency workforce that is readily available when any disaster strikes.
FPDI provides educational opportunities for the nation’s future emergency response workforce. For example, working in conjunction with Saint Paul Public School District Career and Technical Education teachers, in association with Emergency Responders in Minneapolis, FPDI developed curriculum and food defense hazardous response tabletop exercises to provide students with insights into future careers and workforce possibilities.