This project transitions previously funded laboratory-based Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic (SERS) research to a field ready technology for rapid and reliable detection of toxins and pathogens in food. An innovative sample preparation technique and evaluation procedure has been developed for use with a handheld Raman instrument for detection outside of the laboratory.
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Jessica La Forest is the project manager that oversees many of our IT projects. She manages 10 projects to include portals and sites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Information sharing is essential in identifying and mitigating threats against the homeland and in minimizing adverse health and economic consequences in response to food safety and defense events. The concept is simple, however sharing of information demands resources and is often challenged by the technical, legal, and political barriers. NCFPD is currently conducting research in three areas to facilitate improved information sharing among the individuals, agencies, and companies.
Jenni Sullivan is currently NCFPD’s Human Resources Manager. Jenni started at NCFPD in an administrative role 8 years ago while the Center was still on the Minneapolis campus. Her roles continued to shift and evolve on the operations team and she is now working specifically in human resources due to our rapid staffing growth and ever-expanding resource needs.
Intentional deception using food for economic gain, or food fraud, has been an ongoing challenge for the food and drink industry since the beginning of time. However, as the global supply chain continues to grow, and becomes more and more complex, so too do the stakes for everyone linked to this chain from manufacturers, retailers, and raw ingredient suppliers to regulators and the consumer.
This project introduces protocol efficiencies and completes validation of a simple, economical, and portable DNA-based biosensor. This biosensor detection system will perform sensitive, rapid, PCR-independent detection of foodborne pathogens within food matrices both in lab and field settings.
Based on cutting-edge research and current best practices, FPDI's education agenda offers curriculum innovation, workforce training programs, and undergraduate and graduate opportunities to increase awareness of food defense on a global scale, enhance the skill set of our current workforce, and train the next generation of food defense workers. Our intention is to help industry, government agencies, and educators realize and reduce the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain in an effort to mitigate potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of attacks to our food supply. In this webinar presenters will highlight FPDI Curriculum Initiatives, Workforce Training, and Student Opportunities. - See more at: https://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/webinar-fpdi-education-initiati...
Erin Mann, MPH is a project manager with the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. She primarily works on the Focused Integration of Data for Early Signals (FIDES) project and provides support to other projects such as CRISTAL and the Center’s Emerging Issues work on Ebola.