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The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Minnesota.
The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Minnesota.

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Managing the risk of Food Fraud and Economically Motivated Adulteration

A globalized food supply has helped make possible the wonderful, diverse & affordable foods that we all enjoy today. However ‪food fraud  introduces a potential public health risk and an economic concern for both industry and consumers.

Learn how USP's tools and resources are helping in the fight against food fraud: http://qualitymatters.usp.org/fight-against-food-fraud-usp-adds-new-tool-arsenal

#FoodFraud   #EMA  
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Food Protection Webinar on Lessons Learned from the 2014/2015 H5 Avian Influenza Outbreak
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:00AM-11:00AM CT

The H5 avian influenza outbreak in the United States has been the largest animal health emergency in the country's history and has had far reaching effects on poultry producers, communities, and food processors. This presentation will discuss what has been learned from research efforts to understand the factors that contributed to the scale of this outbreak and implications for biosecurity and business continuity moving forward.

Presented By: Jeff Bender, DVM MS DACVPM, University of Minnesota

See more at: https://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/webinar-h5-avian-influenza
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Food for Thought
A quick guide to food terminology.

We are often asked at the Food Protection and Defense Institute about the differences between food protection, food defense, and food safety. We can easily explain that food defense deals with intentional adulteration of the food system, while food safety focuses on unintentional contamination of the food supply. Or that food protection is an umbrella term for both food defense and food safety. But what about the other food terms that are thrown around? The U.S. food system is one of our top critical infrastructures and we need to have proper terminology when referring to different aspects of food protection. We have put together a quick guide to food terminology to showcase how complex protecting our food supply can be.

See more at: http://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/food-thought

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Fishy Business: Investigating Economically Motivated Adulteration of Fish Species in the Minnesota Retail Marketplace

How do you know that the fish you bought at the grocery store or ordered at that restaurant is actually the species it is labeled as? Or how do you know where that fish came from? Seafood fraud, especially fish substitution, is becoming a big issue in the marketplace. During the past year, FPDI researchers analyzed almost 300 samples of walleye, salmon, halibut, and tuna to find out if they were the fish species they were labeled as using DNA barcode analysis. They were also able to document the supply chain for each fish sample. Another part of the project conducted a qualitative assessment of regulatory, retail, and consumer knowledge and opinions of fish fraud. The results of this project will inform evidence-based policy making and public health efforts.

See more at: http://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/research-spotlight-fishy-business
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FPDI Receives $1M Grant for Ebola Research

The Institute has been awarded $1 million by the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program to develop tools to support early identification of disease outbreaks and strengthen health care supply chains.

See how our food supply chain research will help us tackle Ebola → http://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/fpdi-receives-1m-grant-ebola-research

And take a look at this really neat infographic showcasing the new grants created by the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program → http://www.paulallen.com/News/News-Articles/Ebola-RFP-Announcement

#‎TackleEbola‬

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Discoveries at the U of M are keeping our food supply safe from potential threats

“To have terrorists target our food—the consequences would be devastating,” says Dr. Amy Kircher. “What we’re doing to prevent that is on par with anything we’re doing to protect our airports or buildings.”

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The National Center for Food Protection and Defense would like to introduce you to the next iteration of our Homeland Security Center of Excellence: the Food Protection and Defense Institute. Over the past few years, our focus and breadth of work have expanded to keep up with the evolution of the food system. Now our name, vision, and mission also reflect those efforts. 

Read More: http://foodprotection.umn.edu/news/post/introducing-food-protection-and-defense-institute

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NCFPD August 2015 Newsletter
Anticipating the release of two of the Food Safety Modernization Act's rules, Dr. Amy Kircher provides guidance on food defense preparedness in our August newsletter. We also examine the Ebola outbreak's effect on cocoa's susceptibility to food fraud, highlight a summer internship experience, and showcase food protection resources.
Subscribe to our updates at: http://z.umn.edu/ncfpdnews

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We teach food defense around the world to ensure the safety of our GLOBAL food supply.

Read about our recent trip to Brazil for a food defense awareness training → http://bit.ly/1IMHYJe
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Figuring Out Food Fraud: A Look at Resources

"Adulterating food products for financial gain—described as economically motivated adulteration (EMA) or food fraud—is a $10 billion problem for the food industry, but detailed information about incidents of EMA is lacking, according to presenters at an IFT15 session on Sunday, July 12."

Read about the EMA session at ‪#‎IFT15‬: 
http://news.ift.org/2015/07/12/figuring-out-food-fraud-a-look-at-resources/
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