NCFPD will be hosting The Food Defense Conference 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 15-16, 2014. Registration is now open. Click for more details.
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AUG 2014A Summer in Food Defense - Student Profile on Elvin A. Méndez Sotomayor.
Spending the hot summer in Minnesota doesn’t sound like that much fun, but for Elvin Méndez Sotomayor, NCFPD’s summer DHS HS-STEM Intern, our summer weather has actually been a bit chilly.
Welcome to the Center.
The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004. A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents.
NCFPD's research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such attacks. The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.
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In the old days, agriculture meant feeding Minnesota. Today it means feeding the world and protecting the planet's food supply from disease and determined terrorists; our federally funded National Center for Food Protection and Defense does just that.University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler