Vulnerability Risk Analysis

What We Do

The food system is a complex, system of systems that is dynamically changing each day. Vulnerabilities in the system can lead to catastrophic infrastructure failures that adversely affect human and animal health and create economic consequences. FPDI identifies and quantifies these vulnerable points in the system to aid in prioritizing risk management resources.

Risk analysis establishes innovative strategies to assess, manage, and mitigate risk in the food supply. As defined by the World Health Organization, risk analysis is made up of the three components to accomplish the risk-based management of hazards in food:  1) Risk assessment is the scientific evaluation of known or potential adverse health effects resulting from human exposure to foodborne hazards;  2) Risk management is the process of weighing policy alternatives to accept, minimize, or reduce assessed risks and to select and implement appropriate options; and 3) Risk communication is an interactive process of exchange of information and opinion on risk among risk assessors, risk managers, and other interested parties.

How We Work

FPDI utilizes real-time food system data to assess the vulnerabilities in the global infrastructure of food. Emerging threat information is utilized to assess the dynamic risk to the system. Utilizing food experts and supply chain software developed at FPDI, we have assessed over 700 food systems. From udder to butter and boat to throat, our team has analyzed commodities and systems to best understand where to mitigate risk in our food supply. 

Our Capabilities

The Food Adulteration Incident Registry is a searchable database of documented EMA, terrorism, and sabotage incidents since 1980. Incidents are categorized by type, motivation, harm, food category, and location information. Dashboard, summary, and specific data views (e.g. adulterant type and amount) are provided for incidents. 

The Intentional Adulteration Assessment Tool (IAAT) aid facilities in quantifying their risk of intentional adulteration to their products from a chemical or biological adulterant.


We have spent our tenure understanding risk to the system and the vulnerabilities that exist. As a dynamic infrastructure, it is critical to understand the nuances of differing food types and system structures. Our team and collaborating partners collaborate to understand where we must protect the food system.