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.
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The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) was awarded a grant from the Food Protection and Defense Institution (FPDI) to research current threat information sharing techniques and barriers still hindering optimal information sharing among the public and private sectors within the Food and Agriculture Sector.
Automation technology continues its explosive proliferation to generate better health care, faster food processing operations, and improved information sharing systems. With these advances come side effects, such as increased adverse cyber related malfunctions, and the likelihood of targeted threats. Relying on the equipment manufacturer to prevent cyber risks is unrealistic. A community of users greatly improves vulnerability reduction. The webinar will present an information sharing community that was built for the health care industry, how it has been successful, and how the food industry could benefit.
Valuable data exists to support food defense efforts, but often this information is located across a large number of sources making it difficult to access. To address this challenge, the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) has developed databases and tools to curate information related to food defense. Please join us for a one-hour webinar highlighting the recently updated FPDI Incidents Database which now includes both Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) and Intentional Adulteration (IA) incidents as well as a collection of new information about individual incidents. The webinar will also introduce the World Factbook of Food - a recently launched resource that provides a wide range of information related to food safety and food defense for individual food products and countries.
Researchers from the Food Protection and Defense Institute will be teaching VMED 5920 at the University of Minnesota this spring. Graduate and professional students are encouraged to register for this course to learn about the basic principles of preparedness, response, and recovery in relation to a food incident. The instructors will also be discussing timely food defense events that occur during the semester.
Through this project, risk-based research will be conducted to characterize the threat that wildlife trade poses to the food supply and the opportunities it poses for criminal and terrorist activities impacting the United States. The research proposes to develop a capability to prioritize risk based on pathways posing the highest threat.
The Virtual Integrated Real-Time User Analytics (VIRTUAL) tool generates simulated food supply chain data for use with other food defense models to better understand the dynamics of the global supply chain. The tool provides a virtual feedback look to any food defense or traceability model by...
Dr. Amy Kircher and Erin Mann recently returned home from participating in a week long “boot camp” at the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator in Munich. FPDI has collaborated with WFP and other organizations over the past year on a project to improve medical supply chain visibility...
Dr. Kircher participated in the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of the NGO team in October. FPDI tools and capabilities in support of the GHSA action packages were presented. Specifically presented was the...
FPDI is proud to share the final report briefings of two FPDI supported projects.