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[WEBINAR] Crowd Sourcing Information to Support Public Health Surveillance

Friday, May 5, 2017

Please join us for a one-hour webinar highlighting two innovative projects using crowd sourced information to support public health surveillance. Adam Crawley from the Skoll Global Threats Fund will share Flu Near Year - an online participatory surveillance tool that allows member of the public to complete weekly surveys to report flu symptoms. Raed Mansour from the Chicago Department of Public Health will share Foodborne Chicago - a project that uses technology to mine Twitter for tweets related to food poisoning in Chicago. 

[WEBINAR] Animal and Agriculture Emergency Response Education and Training Framework (FRAME)

Friday, April 7, 2017

The United States food and agriculture systems are vulnerable. Disease, pests, or poisonous agents that occur naturally, are unintentionally introduced, or are intentionally delivered by an act of terrorism are all possible attacks on the food supply. FPDI has created a comprehensive training framework for animal agriculture emergency responders called FRAME. This webinar will review the goals of this interactive online framework and walk attendees through the system. 

Dr. Frank Busta to Receive IFT Myron Solberg Award

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dr. Frank Busta, Director Emeritus for FPDI, will receive the 2017 Myron Solberg Award during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The Solberg award is for individuals that demonstrate excellence in leadership and have had a major influence in the...

[WEBINAR] Crossborder/Swine Disease Spread

Friday, March 3, 2017

Transboundary animal diseases are those of significant economic, trade or food security importance that require cooperation between countries to control. Classical Swine Fever is one of the top diseases of concern, alongside foot-and-mouth disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza. FPDI has been developing epidemic simulation models to help address research questions regarding the potential spread and subsequent control of transboundary animal diseases. This presentation will discuss results from an epidemic simulation model of Classical Swine Fever used to examine the impact of US-Canadian border closures on disease spread and trade.

Travel Blog- FPDI Visits Dubai

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Responding to the world's crisis is a daunting task. This complexity and necessity of the task it is not taken lightly by the United Nations. This month we were able to spend several days in Dubai working with our Global Pandemic Supply Chain Partners. Our goal was to "be the box" meaning we...

[WEBINAR] Intentional Adulteration: Education Update

Friday, February 3, 2017

During this webinar, Capt. Jon Woody, Dr. John Larkin, and Dr. Debra Freedman will provide updates concerning Intentional Adulteration Educational Programs. Capt. Woody will give a status update on IA Curriculum Development; Dr. Larkin will give an in-depth overview of the Food Defense Readiness Assessment; and Dr. Freedman will discuss upcoming training opportunities at FPDI.

[WEBINAR] Development of a Generic Hazard Analysis for Animal Food

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Food Safety and Modernization Act requires covered animal food production facilities to develop food safety plans that includes an analysis of hazards. This hazard analysis must consider known or reasonably foreseeable hazards. The hazard evaluation must include a number of factors, among those are an assessment of the severity of illness or injury if the hazard were to occur and the probability that the hazard will occur in the absence of preventive controls. This presentation will discuss the development of a generic hazard analysis that includes assessments of hazard severity and probability of occurrence that may be useful to animal food producers as a starting point in development facility specific hazard analyses.

FPDI Hosts Food Defense Collaborative Exchange

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Food Protection and Defense Institute hosted ten representatives from Saudi Arabian government, academia, law enforcement, and food industry at the 2016 Food Defense Collaborative Exchange from December 5-9, 2016. The Collaborative Exchange provided food defense training, expertise, and...

The FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule: Dependent upon Past, Present, and Future Collaboration

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The publication of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule aimed at preventing intentional adulteration (IA rule) from acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to public health is a major step forward in our collective efforts to safeguard the food supply.  For more than a decade, industry, academia, trade associations, and government partners have collaboratively assessed the vulnerabilities of the food supply and identified strategies to mitigate those vulnerabilities.  The results of this collaboration have formed the fundamental underpinnings of the IA rule’s requirements, including, but not limited to, food defense plans, vulnerability assessments, mitigation strategies, and food defense training.